Indian cement firm Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited will build a large-scale 500,000 tonnes per year carbon capture facility in a bid to reduce emissions.

The cement industry is considered a hard-to-abate sector due to the emissions produced by the calcination of limestone, which is required to produce cement.

Dalmia Cement announced today it will build the new facility at its cement plant in Tamil Nadu.

Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) will provide technology and operational services for the plant based on its patented CDRMax Technology as part of a Memorandum of Understanding with Dalmia Cement.

Together, the two companies will explore multiple utilisation streams for the CO2 that is captured from this large-scale plant, including direct sale for use in other industries, and manufacture of chemicals.

Mahendra Singhi, Managing Director and CEO of Dalmia Cement, said, “It is time to resolve the climate crisis. At Dalmia Cement, a progressive business enterprise that foresees the future today, we are committed to becoming a carbon negative cement group by 2040.”

“Capturing process emissions from cement manufacturing will be critical towards reaching net zero by 2040 and therefore, our approach is to set up a large scalable demonstration project on carbon capture with multiple utilisation streams.”

Aniruddha Sharma, CEO and co-founder of CCSL, added, “Decarbonising the cement industry is absolutely key to reaching ‘net zero’ emissions.”

“By combining our low-cost modular CO2 capture technology with viable CO2 reuse alternatives, we plan to deliver a full solution to early movers like Dalmia Cement.”