Energy and Cimate Protection
Climate protection is a core element of HeidelbergCement’s environmental policy. As an energy-intensive company, we have been making a substantial effort to minimise our CO2 emissions for many years now. From 1990 to 2013 we reduced our specific net CO2 emissions by 21.0% to 612 kg CO2 per tonne of cement. By 2015 we intend to have achieved a reduction of 23% compared to 1990, this means a reduction of approximately 12 Mio t CO2 for the whole Group.
The measures that we are taking to lower CO2 emissions include:
- continuous investment in energy-efficient technologies and production processes,
- the promotion of composite cements, through which the clinker content of our entire cement production has now been reduced to 75.4%,
- the increased use of alternative fuels including biomass (21.7% of our entire energy consumption in 2012).
Pilot Project on Carbon Capture
In May 2013, we launched the global cement industry’s first small-scale pilot project to capture CO2 from combustion exhaust gases at our Brevik plant in Norway. This project is mainly funded by the Norwegian government and is carried out in cooperation with the European Cement Research Academy.