Cemex has announced a whole list of new carbon capture projects that are set to be built in North America and Europe.
The total expected capacity of the raft of new projects is expected to reach 3 million tons of CO2 per annum.
Cemex plans to scale the carbon capture technology of Leilac, a decarbonization solution provider based in Australia, and is running three front-end engineering (FEED) studies for this purpose at its plants in Germany, Poland, and the US.
A fourth FEED study, the cement giant said, will take place at the Balcones cement plant in Texas, which will be equipped with solvent capture technology from RTI International that is said to capture 95% of emissions.
Furthermore, this latest partnership, for which Cemex was awarded a $3.7 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and RTI International, extends to the development of the cement industry’s broadest carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) studies at another 8 cement facilities in the US, Mexico and Europe.
The project also includes other partners, such as SLB, multinational tech company and also the licensor of the solvent capture approach from RTI.
“CCUS brings together the essence of our strategic priorities: sustainability and innovation. Our Future in Action program to achieve sustainable excellence and become a net-zero company is all about measurable, verified progress towards the most ambitious decarbonization pathway in the industry. Although CCUS technologies are not ready to be scaled quite yet, it will take relentless work and innovation to ensure their viability in time to avoid the most damaging effects of climate change,” said Chief executive officer at Cemex, Fernando González.