The debrief: How a Belgian cement plant is blazing a trail to net-zero emissions

The cement industry has a long journey ahead if it is to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. One carbon capture demonstration project shows a possible way forward

PROJECT Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement (LEILAC)

ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED HeidelbergCement Group, Cemex, Tarmac, Lhoist, Amec Foster Wheeler, Calix, ECN, PSE, Quantis, Carbon Trust, Imperial College London

When it comes to tackling climate change, the cement industry presents a huge problem for policymakers. Turning calcium carbonate – the basic ingredient of cement – into lime not only requires huge amounts of energy, it also releases carbon dioxide as an unavoidable consequence of the chemical reaction 

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