Pioneering innovation: then and now

Why focus on innovation? We are proud to be the world leader in different areas. One of the main achievements over the past 24 years is a 21% reduction in CO2 emissions per tonne cementitious.  Furthermore, we have developed a vision of how we see our sector reducing its emissions by 2050.

Examples of what the cement industry has already achieved include:

  • Replacing primary raw materials (eg limestone) with waste, such as contaminated soils
  • Installing state-of-the-art technology in our existing plants
  • Manufacturing more than 90% of clinker in energy-efficient, dry technology kilns......
  • .... as well as improving the thermal energy efficiency of these kilns
  • Increasing the use of waste as an alternative fuel (currently accounting for 41% of the fuel we use)
  • Replacing part of the clinker with by products from other industries (eg fly ash)
  • Consuming less power thanks to more efficient grinding technologies

We are committed to maintaining a full supply chain in Europe: investing in Europe, providing jobs to European citizens and adding value to Europe’s economy.

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Innovation / Carbon Capture :

Carbon Capture

Overview

The cement industry has already reduced its emissions and will continue to do so through conventional resource and energy efficiency measures in the future. Outside conventional technology, one possible breakthrough, long-term solution is carbon capture, whereby CO2 is captured at the source and then re-used or stored. There are several on-going research projects testing the feasibility of using carbon capture in the cement industry and exploring different ways of capturing CO2.

CEMCAP
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ECRA
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LEILAC
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NANOMEMC2
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SCARLET
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Innovation / Carbon Reuse :

Carbon Reuse

Overview

If capturing a substantial part of CO2 emissions is technically possible, one still has to solve the issue of what to do with the CO2 that was captured. Three possible scenarios are envisaged:

  • Carbon Capture Utilisation (CCU)
  • Carbon Capture Valorisation
  • Carbon Capture & Storage
CO2MIN
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Biofuel Systems & CEMEX
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Joule & HeidelbergCement
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Solidia Technologies
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Innovation / Innovation in manufacturing :

Innovation in manufacturing

Overview

In addition to research into potential breakthrough technologies, the sector is constantly investigating ways in which it can improve its cement production process.  This R&D covers all stages of the process, from quarry extraction, to clinker production and grinding. 

EDEFU
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European Cement Research Academy
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EPOS
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Innovation / Innovative Binders :

Innovative Binders

Overview

The use of other constituents in cement and the reduction of the clinker-to-cement ratio means lower emissions and lower energy use. Ordinary Portland cement can contain up to 95% clinker (the other 5% being gypsum). The current average clinker-to-cement ratio over all cement types in the EU28 is 73.3%. Furthermore, research is also being undertaken into low-carbon cements are currently being developed.

Aether
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Celitement
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ECO-Binder
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REDMUD
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Innovation / Concrete Innovation :

Concrete Innovation

Overview

Cement is never used on its own. It is always mixed with other materials to make plaster, mortar and most importantly concrete. Therefore, the sector looks beyond the factory gates and carries out research and product development to improve the environmental performance of concrete and how to reuse or recycle concrete. For example, the opportunity for reducing emissions is not limited solely to the cement production process, but is relevant to the whole life cycle of downstream products, namely concrete. In fact, concrete can contribute much more than the cement production process to achieving the EU’s objectives in terms of reducing CO2 emissions.

C3 Carbon Concrete Composite
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Housing heating & cooling
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Innovation / Innovation networks :

Innovation networks

Overview

The cement industry is also cooperates in several innovation networks.  This allows the sector to work either together, or even with other industries, to identify innovative technologies and solutions.  For example, both CEMBUREAU and several cement companies are members of SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency).

European Cement Research Academy
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NANOCEM
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SPIRE
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