World’s first zero-emission cement plant takes shape in Norway

Norway is getting closer to building the world’s first carbon-free cement plant in Brevik, Southern Norway

In 2013, the factory set out an ambitious goal: becoming the first zero-emission cement plant in the world. Various solutions have been tested since then, all of them using carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology pioneered in Norway which involves catching CO2 emissions at source and injecting them underground. The cement industry is the world’s second largest industrial emitter of CO2 after steel, accounting from more than 6% of global emissions, according to CDP, a non-profit group based in the UK. Preparations are now well underway. Norcem Brevik is already among the leading cement plants in Europe when it comes to using alternative fuels coming from waste. The plant has already managed to substitute 70% of its fuel use with waste-based alternatives, such as paper, textiles, and plastics, as well as hazardous waste.

- Euractiv -

14. 12. 2018