Ecocem criticizes narrow CCUS focus of UK Government


After the recent UK budget, Ecocem, a low-carbon cement company based in Ireland has criticized the British government’s narrow focus on CCUS to the detriment of other technologies.

Ecocem launched ACT In November 2022, a breakthrough cement technology that combines a range of technical innovations with the use of widely available low-carbon materials to decarbonise cement by as much as 70%, while enhancing the strength and durability of the concrete it is used to manufacture.

The development was in response to the Government of Ireland’s pledge to reduce the carbon emissions of industry and enterprise by 35% by 2030 and is specific about reducing the clinker content of cement (responsible for 90% of emissions from cement).

In ignoring advances such as low-emission cement, Donal O’Rian, Ecocem’s founder and director, voiced a number of concerns with the narrow focus of the decarbonisation strategy recently announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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