Lecture  /  July 26, 2023, 15-16 p.m.

Decarbonization of the U.S. industrial sector – A roadmap for global impact

On July 26, Sam Gage will be our virtual guest at Fraunhofer ISI with his lecture "Decarbonization of the U.S. industrial sector – A roadmap for global impact".

The ISI lecture series bundles exciting topics from the Fraunhofer ISI portfolio and offers opportunities for discussion and exchange at regular intervals.



The United States has set an ambitious target to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. However, the industrial sector presents unique decarbonization challenges, accounting for 30% of U.S. primary energy-related CO2 emissions in 2020. Other segments of the economy have a clearer path to net-zero emissions through the deployment and use of low-carbon electricity from renewable sources. Decarbonizing the industrial sector will require a wide range of technology solutions, which must be coupled with strong government policies and incentives that level the playing field to maintain a given industry’s competitiveness within the global economy. As a Principal Scientist at Energetics, I advise the United States Department of Energy (DOE) on the best course of action for decarbonizing the industrial sector. In this seminar, I will discuss U.S. government policies that impact the decarbonization space and highlight some ongoing efforts of Energetics in collaboration with the DOE to identify technology pathways that will facilitate a transition to a net-zero industrial sector by 2050.



Dr. Sam Gage

Dr. Gage is a Principal Scientist and Lead of the Analysis and Modeling Team with expertise promoting process improvements and material enhancements to energy and emissions intensive industries. He supports the Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in achieving the Biden Administration’s goal to reach near-zero industrial emissions by 2050. He performs strategic technical analysis on behalf of IEDO to inform industrial decarbonization program development and has specific expertise in energy- and emissions-intensive industries (e.g, chemicals, refining, iron & steel, cement). Dr. Gage is also a professional facilitator and leads stakeholder engagement events on behalf of DOE to interact with the community and identify major challenges, opportunities, and target metrics for decarbonization concepts. In summary, Dr. Gage characterizes knowledge gaps and potential opportunities pertaining to the key industrial decarbonization pillars of energy efficiency; low carbon fuels, feedstocks, and energy sources; industrial electrification; and carbon capture, utilization, and storage.