LeadIT and GCCA propel Green Cement Technology Tracker

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Sources: Leadership Group for Industry Transition, Stockholm; Global Cement and Concrete Association, London; CMCM staff

The World Economic Forum-backed Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) and the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) have launched the Green Cement Technology Tracker to help policymakers, industry stakeholders, academics and the public monitor worldwide decarbonization efforts in cement production. The portal centerpiece (below) maps eight carbon capture and storage or utilization (CCS; CCUS) projects at feasibility study, pilot or demonstration phase under the U.S. or Canadian subsidiaries of GCCA charter members Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., HeidelbergCement AG and Holcim Ltd. Full-scale operational CCS or CCUS facilities are expected to come on stream by 2030. Parties behind approximately half of the announced projects disclose the projected CO2 volumes attending their investments, presently centered on post-combustion technologies.

Current or planned undertakings per producer or partnership announcements

Projects at feasibility study, pilot or demonstration stage are underway at the cement plants of Cemex USA (1) Balcones, Texas and (2) Victorville, Calif.; Heidelberg Materials (3) Edmonton, Alberta and (4) Mitchell, Ind.; Holcim US (5) Florence, Colo. and (6) Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; and, Lafarge Canada (7) Exshaw, Alberta and (8) Richmond, B.C. A much broader lineup of projects at more advanced stages is proceeding in carbon-regulated European Union markets.

“Unleashing technology such as CCUS is key to achieving our net zero mission,” says GCCA Chief Executive Thomas Guillot. “Carbon capture pilots, projects and announcements are picking up pace across the world. This technology works, and our next goal is to scale up, working with stakeholders such as governments and the investment community to help transform the industry worldwide.”

CCS and CCUS comprise 36 percent of the planned reduction levers in the GCCA 2050 Roadmap for Net Zero Carbon Concrete, he adds. The Green Cement Tracker will be instrumental in assessing progress of producer members and their peers the world over, while ensuring transparency of capture or storage technologies and complementary efforts.

“In order to empower the industry and policymakers committed to emission reductions, our goal is to provide comprehensive tracking of public announcements of investments in low-carbon cement technologies,” affirms LeadIT Head of Secretariat Per Andersson, whose office is hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute.