An ambitious carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at a Swedish cement plant could help the country achieve carbon-neutral cement production in the country by 2030.

Announced yesterday, 30th May, HeidelbergCement and its Swedish subsidiary Cementa presented ‘promising’ results of a pre-feasibility study for a CCS facility at Cementa’s plant in Slite, located on the island of Gotland, Sweden.

Having recently published its new sustainability targets, HeidelbergCement emphasised the importance of carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) in achieving net zero emissions by 2050 by using amine-based capture. 

Commenting on the project, Dr. Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board, HeidelbergCement, said, “Slite CCS is the largest CCUS project yet in our Group and the cement industry, and a model for what will be achievable with CCUS also beyond 2030.” 

The global cement industry is responsible for 2.8 billion tonnes - or 8% - of CO2 emissions annually.

The ideally located harbour-side plant will be scaled to capture up to 1.8m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually by 2030, covering the entire scope of the plant’s emissions and accounting for 3% of the country’s total emissions. 

HeidelbergCement also plans to increase the amount of biofuels used in the cement production process as part of its commitment to raising the share of biomass in the fuel mix. 

“As we capture and store CO2 from the cement production, including emissions from bioenergy, we will be able to manufacture carbon-free cement for the Swedish construction industry,” stated Giv Brantenberg, General Manager, HeidelbergCement Northern Europe. 

To create the new capture facility, the company plans to undertake ‘significant’ rebuilding and extension measures.