Go4ECOPlanet project

The Go4ECOPlanet project will install a unique facility to capture 100% of CO₂ emissions generated during the production of clinker – the key ingredient in cement production. The installation will also capture biogenic CO₂ emitted during the combustion of fuels containing biomass. This will enable the plant to effectively capture 105% of reported greenhouse gas emissions. 

From 2027, the plant in Kujawy, Poland aims to capture around 1.2 million tons of CO₂ per year and become one of the first net-zero cement plants in Europe. The Go4ECOPlanet project contributes to meeting the European Green Deal objectives and aligns with EU regulations targeting climate neutrality by 2050. The project was awarded a €228 million grant from the EU Investment Fund in 2022.

Go4ECOPlanet at a glance

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Net zero by 2027

 
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CryocapTM FG

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1.2 million tons CO2 captured annually

 
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EU Innovation Fund

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1st deployment of Cryocap™ FG technology in the cement sector process 

 
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Storage pathway

The technology behind the project

The air needed for fuel combustion in the clinker burning process will be partially replaced with oxygen, resulting in a higher concentration of CO₂ in the exhaust gases. 

The project will take flue gas and process it in a CO₂ capture facility with Air Liquide’s Cryocap™ FG technology. This uses increased pressure to separate out the CO₂ contained in the clinker kiln flue gases. The CO₂ will then be liquified at an extremely low cryogenic temperature. Lastly, the liquified CO₂ will be purified to remove residual air components. 

The 99.9% pure liquified CO₂ will be transported to the North Sea for storage under the seabed in caverns left from the extraction of gas and oil.

The Go4ECOPlanet project will enable us to decarbonize cement production at the Kujawy plant, contributing to the decarbonization of the entire building sector.

Jolanta Zdunowska| CCS Projects Technical Director

More on Holcim's net-zero journey

The Carbon2Business project at our cement plant in Lägerdorf, Germany aims to capture more than 1.2 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.

The KOdeCO net zero project aims to make Holcim’s Koromačno plant the first to produce net-zero cement in Croatia and the Mediterranean.

OLYMPUS is a flagship project in Holcim’s European decarbonization roadmap. It will lead to the development of storage capacity in southern Europe.

In Belgium, the GO4ZERO project will deploy an innovative carbon capture technology at our plant in Obourg, and transport CO2 for offshore storage.

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