The lime and cement industry represents one of the most innovative and active sectors in regards to using technological breakthroughs for environmental assets! Quantis is pleased to be part of the LEILAC’s (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) 5-year project, which includes leading industrial, technology and research & development partners*. In the LEILAC consortium, Quantis will be leading the research on adapting environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) to measure the environmental performance of the identified technology and compare it to the performance of existing designs.
Cement is the primary ingredient in concrete, one of the most important materials in the built environment, providing foundations for most major structures. Cement is also a major contributor to CO2 emissions knowing that the cement industry alone accounts for up to 7% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while the lime sector has the highest CO2 intensity relative to turnover. Two-thirds of CO2 emissions from cement and lime production are generated through the breakdown of limestone into lime and CO2 in furnaces. That’s where technology can help!
Direct separation technology with LEILAC
LEILAC aims to apply and demonstrate a breakthrough technology that will enable Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their carbon footprint significantly. This technology is direct separation, where the CO2 from process emissions will be captured (unlike with the current technology, where they are mixed with fuel emissions and released into the air). This represents a significant global CO2 reduction potential knowing that two-thirds of CO2 emissions from cement and lime production are generated through the breakdown of limestone into lime and CO2 in furnaces. The pilot plant will be hosted by Heidelberg Cement at Lixhe in Belgium:
*Calix, Heidelberg Cement, Cemex, Tarmac, Lhoist, Amec Foster Wheeler, ECN, Imperial College, PSE, Quantis, Carbon Trust