Cement production that is electrified and supplied by a climate smart Swedish energy system is the future vision in the CemZero collaborative project. Achieving Cementa’s vision of zero carbon dioxide emissions from cement products during their life-cycle demands a technological shift.
“Electrification within the industry is an important element in the transition to sustainable urban development. We are now going to develop knowledge within the field in order to ascertain together with Vattenfall whether it is a potential future solution for cement production,” says Jan Gånge, CEO of Cementa.
“It is very positive that we are working together with Cementa to find a solution, as a climate-smart, electrified cement industry can make an important contribution to our joint efforts to reduce climate impact,” says Magnus Hall, President and CEO at Vattenfall.
Decades of work on energy efficiency improvements and phasing out fossil fuels in cement production has enabled Cementa to successively reduce its climate impact. It is low in a global comparison – about 15% lower than the global average. Despite this, carbon dioxide emissions are still the industry’s major sustainability challenge.
In the CemZero project, Cementa and Vattenfall will use pilot studies to investigate the conditions for a climate-smart and sustainable cement production process in Sweden.
As concrete is the world’s most common building material, demand for cement will remain high. Population growth in combination with ever more people wanting to live more densely in cities means that concrete will also remain a very important building material in the future.