We have to reduce CO2-emissions in order to prevent global climate change. Simultaneously, the world will depend on coal, oil and gas for decades to come. This is why we need technology to capture and store CO2. CCS is a technology that reduces large emissions of carbon dioxide, CO2. The technology comprises a capture element, a transport element and a storage element. CCS is a relevant technology for reducing CO2-emissions from power plants based on coal and oil, as well as from industries such as cement, steel and petrochemicals.
Zero emission by 2030
Norcem is involved in the capturing part at our Brevik cement plant. Norcem will have the world's first CO2-capture facility at a cement factory when the facility is operational in 2024.
Our owner, HeidelbergCement Group, is one of the world's largest manufacturer of building materials and has around 53,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Norcem has a vision of zero emissions from concrete, seen in a life cycle perspective, by 2030. This vision will be realised through the development of new types of cement, increasing the percentage of alternative fuels and carbon capture in cement production. An essential element in the planned carbon capture is to make use of the residual heat from the cement factory. There is enough residual heat to capture approximately 400,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, which corresponds to 50 per cent of the plant's emissions.