Our expanding range of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) projects is designed to give us maximum flexibility in applying these technologies across our global footprint so that the best solutions in terms of technology and cost-efficiency can be replicated in other plants in selected regions, advancing our CO2 reduction journey and adding value in the form of CO2-related materials, thereby creating new growth opportunities for the company.
Carbon capture is a must
Reaching net zero in cement manufacturing which will require the deployment of carbon capture and usage or storage (CCUS) technologies at scale. The European Commission considers CCUS as one of the seven strategic pillars in their “A clean planet for all” strategy, and the IEA Roadmap for the cement sector projects CCUS to begin at scale from 2030 onwards.
Taking action today
Beyond its 2030 targets, Holcim is preparing the future today by piloting more than twenty CCUS projects in Europe and North America. Working with other multinationals as well as start-ups, the pilots are evaluated in terms of cost, technical feasibility, compatibility with CO2 usage opportunities, and other aspects of viability and scalability. Overall these ongoing CCUS projects could save approximately 4 million tons of CO2 per year. – Our objective is to develop a handful of solutions for use and storage that can be combined in different ways and environments. However, no single solution will be perfectly scalable as different environments present different conditions, from local partners to geological conditions that are favorable for storage.