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Shaping CO2 infrastructure for the cement industry

The European Cement Research Academy (ECRA), a member of the STRATEGY CCUS Advisory Board, co-hosted an online event in February to explore options and technologies for delivering CO2 infrastructures for the cement industry.

The conference, CO2 Infrastructures, co-organised with the European Cement Association, CEMBUREAU, discussed different technological solutions and options for CO2 transport in relation to potential sites for CO2 storage and uses.

The event also featured a presentation by STRATEGY CCUS partner CIMPOR, providing an update on progress from the project and its focus on carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) for Europe’s industrial zones.

CCUS is seen as playing a key role in achieving climate neutrality in the cement sector due to the special challenge posed by process emissions originating from limestone calcination, the main raw material used in cement manufacturing. It will require successful joint efforts to develop effective CO2 infrastructures and new value chains for CCUS in Europe.

The target audience for the event was mainly the cement industry, but other stakeholders and industries in the CO2 value chain were also invited. Experts from projects, companies and research institutions delivered presentations to 450 online attendees, reflecting the high level of interest from cement companies, other industrial sectors and technology providers.

Key issues discussed by participants included the CO2 infrastructure projects that must be delivered in order to create links between CO2 point sources and available geological storage sites.

The conference also represented the kick-off for ECRA’s future project focusing on CCUS and the required CO2 infrastructure.

Graphic: CO2 capture and oxyfuel technology. Courtesy of ECRA