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Tuesday, November 30 2021

10 AM - 11 AM
Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 10 a.m.
Center for Energy …

The number of companies committing to net zero is growing, and at the same time, many experts say that waiting until 2030 is too long. As we look to meet this goal faster, hard-to-abate sectors such as steel, petrochemicals and concrete will be especially challenging due to the emissions involved in manufacturing and other processes.

In this fireside chat, Alexander Fleischanderl, head of Eco Solutions at Primetals Technologies, an MHI Group company, and the Baker Institute’s Kenneth B. Medlock discussed opportunities to decarbonize the steel industry — which currently ranks as one of the top three producers of carbon dioxide. The discussion covered the technology landscape, hydrogen-based solutions and the market and policy forces making this a priority for steel producers and their partners.

This webinar was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Follow @CES_Baker_Inst on Twitter or LinkedIn, and join the conversation online with #BakerEnergy

Download Alexander Fleischanderl's presentation here


10:00 a.m. — Presentation
10:30 a.m. — Q&A


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Featured Speaker

Alexander Fleischanderl, Ph.D., is the head of ECO Solutions at Primetals Technologies, an MHI Group Company. He joined Primetals Technologies in 1997 (before SiemensVAI 2005-2014 and VAI 1997-2004) and is a recognized expert in sustainable iron and steel production, including waste gas cleaning, carbon footprint reduction, energy efficiency, by-product management and waste water treatment.

Fleischanderl started his career at Austrian Energy and Environment in Vienna as a process engineer in the field of emissions control and water treatment for waste incineration plants. Prior to his current role at Primetals Technologies, he held various positions within the company in technical sales, project management and R&D for the environmental, steelmaking and long-rolling business. He holds approximately 100 single patents and was honored as Siemens Inventor of the Year in 2013.

In 1994 he earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering and business administration at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. He also has a Ph.D. in process engineering, which he received in 1997 in the field of advanced gas cleaning for municipal waste incineration plants at the Technical University in Graz, Austria.


Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D.
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute



6 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 6 p.m.

At this member-exclusive event, Mark P. Jones, a fellow in political science at the Baker Institute, looked back at the year in Texas politics, which involved not only the 87th Texas legislative session, but also a devastating energy grid failure, a special session focused on redistricting, a new administration in the White House, controversial COVID-19 decisions, and continued social and racial unrest.

A reception began at 6:00 p.m. for those attending in person. A webinar was also accessible for those attending the presentation virtually.

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This event was free and open to members of the Roundtable and Roundtable Young Professionals. These forums are dedicated to advancing the mission of the institute by fostering community engagement and dialogue on vital domestic and global public policy issues through interaction with Baker Institute fellows and invited guest speakers and experts from the public and private sectors.


6:00 p.m. — Reception
6:30 p.m. — Presentation

Featured Speaker

In addition to his role as fellow in political science at the Baker Institute, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies and professor in the Department of Political Science at Rice University, Mark P. Jones, Ph.D., also serves as the faculty director of Rice’s Master of Global Affairs program. His research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, representation and voting. He is a frequent contributor to Texas media outlets, and his research on the Texas Legislature has been widely cited in the media as well as by numerous political campaigns. Jones received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University. Jones leads the Baker Institute's Argentina Program and helps direct the Presidential Elections Program