Carboneras cement plant plans to capture and commercialize carbon dioxide
CARBONERAS: a cement plant plans to capture and recover carbon dioxide Photo credit: Luis Rogelio HM
The CEMENT company, LafargeHolcim España, will capture carbon dioxide emissions from its Carboneras plant.
Together with Carbon Clean and Sistemas de Calor, the company created the ECO02 joint venture which, since the end of 2020, has been evaluating the technical viability of the system and the benefits for Carboneras.
If all goes according to plan, the plant should be operational in early 2023, the company told Spanish media.
The carbon dioxide will be used in greenhouses in the region, where it will improve productivity through agricultural carbon fertilization that copies and stimulates natural photosynthesis while reducing the amount of water and soil needed for each kilo of produce.
“Thanks to this joint venture, we are approaching the realization of a project that will contribute to the competitiveness and efficiency of our own plant. At the same time, it will help local agriculture to compete with high-tech European greenhouses using this technique,” said LafargeHolcim España CEO Isidoro Miranda.
The CEO also spoke about the circular economy, which aims to recycle existing materials and products as far and as long as possible.
“This business model that starts with capturing 10% of our carbon dioxide emissions is an important step in our roadmap towards decarbonizing the building materials sector,” Miranda said.
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