Cement is the key component of concrete, an essential construction material with no viable alternative. But cement production is currently carbon intensive. A large proportion of the carbon emissions come from the chemical processes involved in making cement, which cannot be reduced by using low carbon or renewable energy sources. The only way to produce the cement that the UK needs, without emitting large amounts of carbon, is to capture and store these emissions.
Heidelberg Materials UK is progressing with plans to invest around £400 million to construct an industry leading carbon capture facility at our Padeswood cement works in north Wales. This would be the first carbon capture enabled cement works in the UK, representing a ground-breaking project for the global cement industry.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) does exactly what it says – capturing carbon dioxide produced during cement manufacture before it enters the atmosphere, transporting it by pipeline, and storing it safely under the seabed. It is a safe and proven technology that has been around for many years.
Over the last decade, we have been investing in our site to make it more sustainable. However, without carbon capture and storage we will not be able to reach net zero.
Heidelberg Materials is committed to achieving net zero by 2050 and this project gives us the opportunity to place Padeswood at the forefront of the worldwide movement toward carbon-neutral building materials.
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