Exploring a breakthrough technology in carbon capture utilization and storage
For breakthrough impact on our net-zero journey, we are exploring a range of next-generation technologies to help us decarbonize the built environment. Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is one of the most important technologies in our portfolio. With over 30 CCUS projects ongoing, the techniques we’re testing today will lay the foundation to decarbonize our business beyond 2030.
One of the most exciting CCUS techniques is called ‘mineralization,’ or locking CO2 away into minerals. We are partnering with Italian Energy company Eni to advance our carbon capture portfolio, repurposing CO2 from our operations into our green cement. Eni is putting its carbon capture and mineralization expertise to work to store CO2 into olivine, a widely available mineral. Researchers at our Innovation Center are exploring the use of this carbonated olivine as a new low-emission raw material for the formulation of our green cement.
Innovation and technological development are the strategic key to successfully tackling the challenge of the energy transition, for this we are delighted about this collaboration, which will leverage Eni's R&D expertise and Holcim's experience. This technology allows us to accelerate on our path towards decarbonisation, by providing a suitable solution for the hard-to-abate sectors.
Holcim and Eni’s global operations, combined with olivine’s broad availability worldwide, would make this CCUS solution highly scalable. It would enable the permanent sequestration of CO2 into building materials for greener construction, adding to our broad range of innovative low-emission raw materials. Our team is currently mapping the most relevant sites in Europe to conduct industrial-scale pilots. This partnership is in line with our net-zero journey as well as Eni’s commitment to decarbonize its sector.
The world needs transformational technologies to accelerate our transition to net zero. With the storage of CO2 in new minerals like olivine, we are expanding our range of green cement solutions, to make sustainable construction a reality around the world, while reducing the footprint of our operations. Our work with Eni is in line with our open innovation ecosystem, partnering with like-minded organizations, from startups to multinationals, to make a bigger difference together.
This new partnership adds to our CCUS portfolio, with over thirty projects across the US, Canada and Europe, ranging from recycling CO2 for crop growth in greenhouses, all the way to using it as a source of alternative fuel for aviation.