Our carbon capture vision

Carbon capture technologies, that effectively collect CO2 from industrial processes, offer promising opportunities to combat climate change. We are exploring their potential across over 20 pilot projects worldwide, repurposing CO2 from our plants for use in vertical farming in Spain all the way to alternative fuel in Germany.

 

Our expanding range of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) projects is designed to give us maximum flexibility in applying these technologies across our global footprint so that the best solutions in terms of technology and cost-efficiency can be replicated in other plants in selected regions, advancing our CO2 reduction journey and adding value in the form of CO2-related materials, thereby creating new growth opportunities for the company.

Carbon capture is a must

Reaching net zero in cement manufacturing which will require the deployment of carbon capture and usage or storage (CCUS) technologies at scale. The European Commission considers CCUS as one of the seven strategic pillars in their “A clean planet for all” strategy, and the IEA Roadmap for the cement sector projects CCUS to begin at scale from 2030 onwards.

Taking action today

Beyond its 2030 targets, LafargeHolcim is preparing the future today by piloting more than twenty CCUS projects in Europe and North America. Working with other multinationals as well as start-ups, the pilots are evaluated in terms of cost, technical feasibility, compatibility with CO2 usage opportunities, and other aspects of viability and scalability. Overall these ongoing CCUS projects could save approximately 4 million tons of CO2 per year. – Our objective is to develop a handful of solutions for use and storage that can be combined in different ways and environments. However, no single solution will be perfectly scalable as different environments present different conditions, from local partners to geological conditions that are favorable for storage.

 

Plants of Tomorrow 

A key enabler for reducing CO2 footprint and preparing for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration solutions As a key enabler of CCUS solutions, the “Plants of Tomorrow” initiative will upgrade our production fleet and reconfigure the infrastructure of our sites and contribute to furthering the circular economy through the use of industry 4.0 innovations such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, recycling of materials and the production of green cement. By future-proofing our industrial network, the "Plants of Tomorrow” will create connected, smart, carbon neutral and energy efficient sites. Addressing climate change will require the adoption of state-of-the art, innovative approaches that include digital solutions to maximize clinker reactivity while using alternative materials and fuels and predict product quality. Digital innovations relevant to our climate and energy ambitions include (amongst others).