HeidelbergCement - September 2019

HeidelbergCement and Norwegian energy group Equinor have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the capture and storage (CCS) of CO2. Since 2011 HeidelbergCement’s subsidiary Norcem has been running a project dedicated to CO2 storage at its Brevik cement plant in Norway. The project, initiated by the Norwegian government, will see captured CO2 transported to empty oil and gas fields beneath the North Sea where it will be stored permanently.

The MoU includes looking at the possibility of capturing CO2 at other HeidelbergCement plants, as well as optimising the CO2 transport chain to help implement CCS as a Europe-wide solution for CO2 disposal. The Brevik project aims to capture around 400,000t of CO2 each year, equivalent to around 50 per cent of the plant’s total carbon emissions. HeidelbergCement has set a target of reducing its specific net CO2 emissions per tonne of cement by 30 per cent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. By 2018 it had already achieved a 22 per cent reduction.