Heidelberg Materials France To Launch CCUS Installation At Airvault Cement Plant

Heidelberg Materials France To Launch CCUS Installation At Airvault Cement Plant - Carbon Herald

Heidelberg Materials (ETR: HEI) has announced the launch of a carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project at its Airvault cement plant in the New Aquitaine region of France.

The AirvaultGOCO2 project is part of the broader GOCO2 initiative, a partnership between Heidelberg Materials France, Elengy, GRTgaz, Lafarge France, Lhoist, and TotalEnergies, aimed at decarbonizing France’s western region.

With an anticipated capture capacity of approximately 1 million tons annually, AirvaultGOCO₂ represents a significant stride towards environmental sustainability.

This venture supplements conventional carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction measures with new CCUS technology.

Dr. Dominik von Achten, Chairman of Heidelberg Materials, emphasized the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint in France, citing investments exceeding $435 million (€400 million) towards modernization and decarbonization efforts.

The ongoing modernization of the Airvault plant includes the installation of a new dry line and pre-calciner, boosting energy efficiency and enabling a substantial reduction in carbon emissions.

Upon completion, nearly 90% of the plant’s energy demand will be met by alternative fuels, further aligning with Heidelberg Materials’ ambitious carbon reduction objectives.

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Dr. Nicola Kimm, Chief Sustainability Officer, highlighted the integrated approach adopted by Heidelberg Materials, encompassing the phased elimination of fossil fuels, clinker content reduction, and enhanced energy efficiency.

Airvault GOCO2 aligns seamlessly with this strategy, leveraging CCUS to mitigate residual emissions and uphold environmental stewardship.

Pending regulatory approvals and public subsidies, the project anticipates capturing its first tons of CO2 by 2030, marking a significant milestone in Heidelberg Materials’ sustainability journey.

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