Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, and Matthias Boxberger, Chairman of the Hamburg Industry Association (IVH), concluded Monday (November 18, 2019) the joint “Alliance for the Industry of the Future”. Established in spring 2019, the alliance has drafted a package of measures to improve the framework conditions for industry in Hamburg, strengthen co-operation between research and industry and to promote climate-friendly production. Around 120,000 people are employed in the industrial sector making Hamburg Germany’s largest industrial city in terms of gross value added (more than EUR 80 billion in 2018) and one of Europe’s largest industrial centres. However, industrial energy needs present huge challenges. The plans foresee a 55 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 over levels in 1990 while retaining competitiveness.
Demonstration centre for hydrogen
“Modern industrial companies are helping us to make great progress in reducing carbon dioxide and pollutant emissions,” said Tschentscher. Only a strong industry can make the necessary investments. “We want to further improve the constructive co-operation between the city and industry and support companies in the conversion to sustainable production processes,” he pointed out. A new demonstration centre for sector coupling will highlight the huge potential of the energy transition for industry. Boxberger stressed the importance of setting the course for the future of 120,000 industrial jobs in Hamburg.
The alliance has agreed on the following measures:
Dr. Torsten Sevecke, State Councillor for Ports, Innovation and Economy, becomes Industry Co-ordinator and will be the main point of contact for talks between industry and administration in Hamburg. Sevecke will ensure that companies’ interests are considered in terms of the city’s overall development.
In addition to the senate’s Industrial Master Plan, urban development projects will be discussed with companies in the affected district at an early stage. The aim is to reach solutions for emission control, water use and land issues faster.
Removing barriers to investment
The City of Hamburg intends to set up digital “Track and Trace” procedures in administration so that companies are always updated about the status of applications and procedures. This should raise transparency and increase planning security in longer processes.
Boosting co-operation between industry and research
Switching to renewable energies is crucial to a more climate-friendly industry. Collaboration between science and industry is to be intensified to accelerate the introduction of innovative technologies. The senate also plans to set up a demonstration centre for sector coupling to test the conversion of wind power into hydrogen for various industrial branches.
“The Industrial Master Plan and the Environmental Partnership are fixed agreements between the senate, the Chamber of Commerce, IVH and DGB Nord that have been in place for many years and aim to develop Hamburg as an industrial location in a forward-looking manner and ensure contributions to climate and environmental protection in the corporate sector,” said André Mücke, Vice President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.