Carbon Clean, the world’s largest cement maker LafargeHolcim, ECCO2 and Sistemas de Calor will together develop a large-scale carbon capture and utilisation plant in Spain.

Based in LafargeHolcim’s cement plant in Carboneras, the project will aim to capture CO2 emitted through the cement production process to be further transformed, cleaned and reused locally.

The CO2 will be captured from the cement plant’s flue gas and will be recycled for agricultural use for accelerated crop production.

Starting with 10% of CO2 emissions from 2022, Carbon Clean said the commercial applicability of this viable circular carbon economy business model can potentially leverage 700,000 tonnes of CO2 and achieve 100% decarbonisation at the plant.

“As part of our Green Transition Strategy, here at LafargeHolcim we are eager to tackle the fight against climate change through innovative initiatives that will further enable us to develop low-carbon products and solutions.” said Isidoro Miranda, CEO of LafargeHolcim Spain.

“In our journey towards net zero, collaborative efforts are key, and we look forward to working with our partners Carbon Clean, ECCO2 and Sistemas de Calor to develop this groundbreaking circular model which has the potential to revolutionise the cement and agricultural sectors.”

Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of Carbon Clean, said, “We are confident that together with LafargeHolcim’s best-in-class knowledge in cement manufacturing, ECCO2 and Sistemas de Calor’s expertise and our technology we will achieve a CO2 circular economy in the agricultural sector and reduce the CO2 footprint in the region.”

“This ambitious project will help kick-start the technology race to a CO2 circular economy and net zero in the cement sector in Europe.”