September 19, 2024: IRES Seminar with Yoonchung Chin

The challenges and prospects of decarbonizing heavy industry

Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Location: Beaty Museum Allan Yap Theatre (Basement, 2212 Main Mall). Please check in at front desk on main floor before going downstairs.

No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre.

Click here for Zoom link. Zoom will be terminated if we encounter tech problems 5 to 10 mins into the seminar.

Talk summary:

In order to meet climate targets and reach net zero emissions, a significant emissions reduction must be made in heavy industry, often referred to as ‘hard to abate’ sectors – nearly 30% of all emissions come from industrial activity, and the demand for products from these sectors continues to rise. Whilst we know the significant impact they have on our climate and environment, the practical reality and unique/complex challenges in these sectors widely overlooked and under-resourced. In this talk, I will explore these issues with examples of steel, cement and chemical sectors. Following questions will be discussed:

  • The meaning of net zero for heavy industry: current status, net zero effects on demand, production costs and value chain 
  • What are the biggest challenges to overcome in order to decarbonize heavy industry?
  • What technological innovation can be adopted and how?
  • What are the policy implications and priorities to consider?  
Dr. Yoonchung Chin, Senior Principal Researcher of Environment and Energy at POSCO Research Institute in South Korea and Affiliated Member of Korean Assembly Forum on Climate Change


Yoonchung Chin is a Senior Principal Researcher of Environment and Energy at the POSCO Research Institute in South Korea and an affiliated member of Korean Assembly Forum on Climate Change. She has 20 years’ experience in climate change policy and associated business strategies and served in various advisory roles to the government and industry associations including Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative (IDDI) and World Steel Association. Her research interests focus on the policy impact assessment and sector decarbonization strategies. She is visiting UBC Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) from October 2023 to September 2024.