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Carbon capture and storage (CCUS) is the most mitigating technology for decarbonizing the cement industry.

Cement is an important component of concrete, the second most consumed material in the world, and is widely used in modern infrastructure.Cement production is also one of the largest single COs2
As more Net Zero pledges are announced, the emission industry is under increasing environmental pressure.

About half of CO2 Emissions in cement production are due to the inevitable chemical process of calcination, the rest is due to the energy-intensive heat required for the process. A recent report by IHS Markit’s Clean Energy Technology benchmarked several decarbonization pathways currently available in the cement industry. The results show that of all the options available, CCUS is the solution with the highest mitigation potential as this technology significantly and directly reduces CO.2 From the calcination process.

However, adding CCUS to cement production now more than doubles the cost of cement. As a result, different capture technologies with varying degrees of technology readiness are being tested globally with the goal of reducing capture costs. Currently multiple CO2 The recovery technology will be operational in large projects, including relatively developed post-combustion amine scrubbing, oxygen combustion, and other new CCUS options such as cryogenic, solid adsorbents, and membranes. Despite the potential cost savings of new technologies, policy support is still needed to provide incentives for these projects. Therefore, it is not surprising that regions with clear policy support, such as Europe, are globally leading the pipeline of CCUS projects in the cement industry.

Europe emerges as leader of the first CCUS project in the cement industry

The CCUS pipeline of projects for the cement industry is primarily the story of European cement manufacturers. Europe not only accounts for 56% of CCUS projects in the cement industry, but also two European players- Lafarge Holcim and Heidelberg Cement are the world leaders in 73% of the industry’s CCUS projects.

These companies anticipate the important role CCUS can play in the industry and the potential costs associated with unresolved emissions that may be ahead if the business is not decarbonized. Leading efforts to decarbonize. In fact, the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) will begin phasing out free allowances between 2026 and 2030. This will be a huge cost for future cement manufacturers. However, if a decarbonization solution is in place, producers can significantly reduce their business’s emission costs.

According to IHS Markit’s analysis, investment in recovery technologies such as oxygen combustion, calcium loops and amine scrubbing in Europe could offset emission costs from EU-ETS after 2035, leaving cement makers out. It can be a great motivation for carbonization. We operate technologies such as CCUS.

There is no doubt that policy support is needed to decarbonize the cement industry. Europe seems to be heading in the right direction, but the region accounts for only 4% of the world’s cement production. If you want to see big changes, mainland China, the world’s leading cement producer, which accounts for more than 50% of the world’s cement production, implements appropriate policies to accelerate the decarbonization of China’s cement industry. need to do it.

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Posted by Edurnezoco on July 26, 2022S & P Global Commodity Insights, Executive Director for Clean Technology & Renewable Energy

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Paola Perez PenaPrincipal Research Analyst, Gas Power and Climate Solutions, S & P Global Commodity Insights

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Yufei LeeSenior Research Analyst, Global Clean Energy Technology (CET), IHS Markit


This article was published by S & P Global Commodity Insights, not S & P Global Ratings, a separately managed division of S & P Global.