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CEMEX create Carbon Neutral Alliance in Germany

Rüdersdorf cement plant

Company to test and accelerate technologies to reach carbon neutrality at Rüdersdorf cement plant

AS part of their ‘Future in Action’ programme, CEMEX are developing a ‘Carbon Neutral Alliance’ in Germany to test and accelerate innovative technologies to reach carbon neutrality at their Rüdersdorf plant.

The company is joining pioneering industrial consortiums with the objective of developing industrial-scale demonstration projects utilizing ground-breaking technologies to form the alliance, which aspires to achieve carbon neutrality at the Rüdersdorf plant by 2030.

Several technologies – including waste heat recovery, carbon capture and transformation into building materials, synthetic fuels and green hydrocarbons – are being evaluated, including hydrogen production with renewable energy.

‘It is expected that CO2 will be further processed to convert to new forms of energy and materials for use locally by the industrial, residential and transport sectors,’ explained Stefan Schmorleiz, plant manager and managing director of CEMEX Zement GmbH. ‘Together with our partners, we will take feasibility studies through to economic solutions to decarbonizing cement production.’

CEMEX say the technological learnings derived from the Rüdersdorf Carbon Neutral Alliance should gradually be shared with their global portfolio of cement plants and adapted to local conditions to accelerate the company’s decarbonization goals of the cement production process.

The company is also applying to several European funds, such as the Innovation Fund and Green Deal Call, and national funding schemes for financial support and funding for these innovations, potentially providing best practices to other industrial players.

Sergio Menendez, president of CEMEX Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, said: ‘We believe that driving down the CO2 footprint of our operations and products is urgent and critical for our industry. Together with our industrial partners, we are transforming our products and solutions in a collective ambition for a more sustainable world.’

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