Competence Centre

The Competence Centre is based in Cottbus and is the contact for all stakeholders in Germany with regards to the topic on industrial decarbonisation.

The Competence Centre on climate change mitigation in energy-intensive industries (KEI) provides advice and supports energy-intensive industries and the scientific community in the reduction of greenhouse gases. This involves the development and realisation of innovations that significantly reduce or even eliminate process-related greenhouse gas emissions. It is the task of the KEI to impart existing knowledge and to point out new research needs determined through its analyses and cooperation with the Federal Environment Agency (UBA).

The KEI is a Think Tank

We address industry, politics, the scientific community and the general public. Our goal is to offer an interdisciplinary, cross-industry exchange platform for the development of springboard innovations working towards a climate-neutral industry.

The KEI is an executing agency

We manage the 'Decarbonising in Industry' grant programme from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), thus supporting the development and introduction of market-ready technologies to minimise greenhouse gas in German industries.

The KEI was established in mid-2019 and has since then been managed by the Zukunft–Umwelt–Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH  on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). It works closely with the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) on industrial decarbonisation. And is cooperating with the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) as hosts to the event series “Cottbus Talks” (Cottbuser Gespräche).

An expert advisory board provides the necessary impetus for the further development of the content and orientation of  KEI’s technical work. It also ensures transparency and the involvement of essential stakeholders in the project.