The industry will generate less waste and create durable items

As the economy moves towards climate neutrality, industry is facing a transformation: in the long run, companies will no longer use fossil fuels, polluting production processes and raw materials will change according to the principles of the circular economy, and green procurement will dominate. By 2035, the index of recovered waste in industry will be higher than 11%.

The development of renewable energy, innovative technologies, digitalization of industry, and new business models will help to achieve the changes envisaged in the national climate change management agenda. The biggest challenge facing the industry is to completely abandon fossil fuels by 2045. Therefore, Lithuania will rapidly develop alternative technologies like sustainable biomass, biomethane, green hydrogen.

“It is likely that the industrial sector will switch to these technologies much faster than in 2045, driven by significantly rising emission allowance prices, bearing in mind that we have planned state support for the use of sustainable local resources in the near future,” notes Vice Minister of the Environment Gintarė Krušnienė.

Industry will need to ensure the secondary use of raw materials, and the raw materials themselves will need to be more sustainable, climate-neutral. The climate change management agenda will also encourage a fundamental change in approach to product design, the development of more durable, easier-to-repair and recyclable products, ensuring that spare parts are also available. Sustainably manufactured household appliances and equipment will last longer, encourage changes in consumption habits, do not rush to buy a new thing, and repair or resurrect the old.

According to the National Climate Change Management Agenda, industrial greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will have to decrease by 100%, compared to 2005.

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