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Hot Spots for Renewable Heat: Decarbonizing Industrial Heat

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Date Aired: 9/13/2021
Duration: 60 minutes
Demand for industrial products has risen considerably in the past two decades, along with energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Process heat in industry accounts for 25% of global final energy demand, and carbon dioxide emissions that are roughly equal in size to total emissions from the transportation sector.

 As the world looks to meet climate targets, decarbonizing industrial heat will be crucial. BloombergNEF and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) collaborated to develop a report that seeks to point industrial end-users towards attractive markets for renewable heat, based on wide variety of market conditions, policy environments, and resource availability. It is particularly focused on decarbonizing heat up to temperatures of 400°C, where solutions exist that are ready to be deployed today – though they face some challenges. Register now to join BloombergNEF and WBSCD experts for a discussion of key findings. 


Rutger van der Zanden

Manager, Energy,


Rutger leads WBCSD’s workstream on Heating & Cooling. Rutger has 10+ years of experience in climate and energy across private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining WBCSD, Rutger has advised blue chip industrials on a range of subjects – from sustainability strategies and renewable roadmaps to supply chain decarbonization. Rutger has experience developing budget neutral and off-balance sheet energy solutions, such as Power Purchase Agreements and other Energy-as-a-Sevice contracts.

Emma Coker



Emma is an Associate at BloombergNEF in the Heating and Cooling team. Recent output include an analysis of decarbonization pathways for heating and cooling in residential and commercial buildings and the role of district heating in this transition. Prior to taking on this role, Emma spent 5 years working for the New Zealand Government in a variety of roles including as an economic advisor to the Associate Minister of Finance and as a senior economist for the Ministry for the Environment. She holds an MSocSc (first class) in Micro Economics from the University of Waikato.

Isabel Harrison

Analyst, Energy


Isabel Harrison led research and analysis for the report on behalf of WBCSD, while pursuing her master’s degree at Yale School of the Environment. Prior to attending Yale, she led communications for a strategic advisory firm focused on accelerating climate and energy solutions and policy. Isabel is passionate about advancing an equitable and clean energy transition and business action on climate. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies from Dickinson College.

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