HeidelbergCement to build the ‘world’s first’ carbon-neutral cement plant


HeidelbergCement has unveiled plans to build what is believed to be the world’s first carbon-neutral cement plant that hopes to capture up to 1.8million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually from 2030 onwards.

Unveiling details of the project today, HeidelbergCement said the plant will be located on the Swedish island of Gotland at the Slite plant of HeidelbergCement’s subsidiary Cementa, with the carbon capture facility being located next to the existing plant.

Once captured, the CO2 will be transported to a permanent storage site offshore several kilometres down in bedrock.

In addition to incorporating carbon capture technology at the site, HeidelbergCement will also increase the use of biobased fuels in the cement production to significantly raise the share of biomass in the fuel mix.

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