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COP28 awards shine a light on Holcim carbon capture project

by Mark Cantrell

Holcim has won two awards at COP28 in Dubai for its global leadership in developing carbon capture technologies.

The awards were received for its Carbon2Business project in Lägerdorf, Germany, in recognition of the scalability of its breakthrough innovation.

The first saw Holcim named by the COP28 Presidency as an “Energy Transition Changemaker” – a title awarded to companies with game-changing innovative solutions that can be scaled to accelerate decarbonization.

For the second, Carbon2Business was selected as Germany’s “outstanding project” in the Mission Innovation Net-Zero Industries Awards.

Nollaig Forrest, Holcim’s chief sustainability officer, said: “It’s great to close out COP28 with two awards for our Carbon2business project in Lägerdorf, Germany.

“This is just one of our six carbon capture, storage and utilisation projects in Europe enabling us to produce at least 8m tonnes of fully net zero cement per annum by 2030.

“These awards recognise companies for their collaboration and innovation, and at COP28 Holcim continued to create momentum with our partners across the building value chain to accelerate decarbonisation.”

The COP28 Presidency Energy Transition Changemakers initiative aims to foster private sector collaboration in delivering innovative and scalable decarbonisation projects globally. It also serves to showcase solutions that enable and accelerate the energy transition. A total of 39 awards were given at COP28 across four sectors.

The Mission Innovation Net-Zero Industries Awards are the first global competition for exceptional industrial decarbonisation. Its “outstanding projects” category recognises projects that have revolutionised industries, disrupted the status quo, and set new benchmarks for decarbonisation in energy intensive industries.

Just one project is chosen for each of Mission Innovation’s nine member state countries.

Carbon2Business is one of Holcim’s six full-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects supported by the European Union. Holcim’s European CCUS portfolio aims to capture at least 5m tonnes of CO2 annually by 2030.

Of this, Carbon2Business will capture over one million tons annually from 2029, with the captured CO2 able to be utilised as a raw material by different industries in the surrounding region.

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