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Heidelberg $400 million to build the world's first carbon-neutral factory

Seetao 2021.08.18
  • Heidelberg upgrades its plant to fully capture its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and become the first carbon-neutral cement plant

Heidelberg Cement announced its intention to upgrade its plant in Gotland, Sweden, to become the world's first carbon-neutral cement plant. The installation scale of the Slite plant of Cementa, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement, will be expanded to capture up to 1.8 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is equivalent to the plant's total emissions. In addition, according to the Group's commitment to substantially increase the share of biomass in the fuel mix, it will increase the use of bio-based fuels in the production of Slite cement. By 2030, fully capture the carbon dioxide emissions of the factory.

"Heidelberg Cement will become a leader in the global cement industry's transition to climate neutrality," said Dr. Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Heidelberg Cement Management Committee. "The key to decarbonization in our industry is to find, apply and expand technological solutions for carbon capture and utilization or storage. After gaining valuable experience in CCU/S technology in Norway and other countries, we are now very happy to be able to establish a complete carbon Zhonghe's cement plant. This will change the rules of the game in our industry."

Carbon emissions

This breakthrough project supports Sweden's ambitious carbon reduction targets. The carbon capture facility will be built next to Slite’s existing plant, where three-quarters of the cement currently used for concrete production in Sweden is produced. The authorization process and construction period are estimated to take less than ten years. An already launched feasibility study will address key issues related to technology choices, environmental impact, legal issues, financing, logistics and energy supply. The captured CO2 will be safely transported to a permanent storage location under the bedrock a few kilometers offshore.

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Heidelberg Cement is currently building the world's first comprehensive carbon capture device at the Brevik Cement Plant in Norway. Starting from 2024, it will capture 400,000 tons or 50% of the plant's emissions each year. “Based on the active cooperation with the Norwegian government and our other partners at the Breivik plant, we now choose to significantly increase our ambitions to build a four-fold carbon capture facility in Sweden,” said Giv Brantenberg, general manager of the company. Heidelberg Cement Nordic Company. The planning of the Slite plant will benefit greatly from the experience gained by Brevik.Editor/XuNing

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