Factsheet: Climate action in the cement industry

In our first factsheet, we take a look at how the cement industry can lower its CO2 emissions.

At the 2015 Paris Climate Conference the world agreed to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century. This goal requires every sector to drastically reduce its carbon footprint and practically eliminate all CO2 emissions within the next thirty years.

In a collection of three factsheets we take a look at the possible decarbonisation of the steel, chemical and cement industry in Europe. “This series hopes to provide a quick but deep insight into different industry processes to help understand the solutions we need to decarbonise them” said Jan-Justus Andreas, Industry Policy Manager and main author of the factsheets. “We need to understand the problem, even complex ones like where do process emissions come from,” he continues.

The first 4 pages factsheet comprises information and data on the impact of cement on global emissions and possible ways to reduce them. Globally, cement production and use emits more CO2  than air travel. Concrete, the primary product of cement, is the 2nd most used material in the world after water.


As well, today Bellona Europa participate at the Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference 2020 organised by the EU-Horizon 2020 funded project LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement) Consortium. LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) will pilot a breakthrough technology that has the potential to enable both Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their emissions.