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Vattenfall and Cemvision to cooperate on low-carbon cement

by Mark Cantrell
Vattenfall and Cemvision have entered an agreement for the development and future supply of what is said to be near-zero emission cement.

Vattenfall and Cemvision have entered an agreement for the development and future supply of what is said to be near-zero emission cement.

It’s claimed the new cement has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 95% compared to traditional cement.

The new material is said to have several potential applications, such as foundations for wind power turbines, power distribution and prefabricated concrete elements.

Cemvision develops cement made from recycled residual materials from industries including mining and steel industries, manufacturing in a process where the Cemvision’s kilns are fuelled by fossil-free energy.

Compared to traditional cement production, which emits large amounts of carbon dioxide due to the use of virgin limestone and fossil fuels, Cemvision claims its method can reduce the carbon footprint by up to 95%.

Oscar Hållén, chief executive of Cemvision, said: “We are delighted to deepen our partnership with Vattenfall, and to welcome them to our growing customer base. Already today in our demo production, we are reducing carbon emissions by 80%, and as we optimise processes and supply chain, we will reduce by up to 95% by 2030.

“Near-zero emission cement is the most efficient way to achieve significant climate benefits without increasing the overall cost of a construction project. It does not have to be difficult to change, but it is important to start in time and help accelerating the transition.”

Annika Ramsköld, Vattenfall’s head of sustainability, added: “Vattenfall is very positive about participating in the development of a market for near-zero emission cement by creating demand as a customer.

“We can also contribute with product verification at our concrete laboratory. The global impact of cement production makes it necessary to find a way forward with as low carbon emissions as possible, the climate and the future of construction demand it. This is an innovative solution with great potential.”

As a member and founder of the First Movers Coalition (FMC), Vattenfall has pledged that at least 10% of its cement or concrete purchases will be as close to zero emissions as possible by 2030.

The FMC’s overall goal is to take climate action by creating a market for emerging technologies that are crucial to reaching near-zero emissions by 2050.


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