BBC Podcast : Can capturing carbon buy us time to tackle climate change?


LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) will pilot a breakthrough technology that has the potential to enable both Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their emissions dramatically while retaining, or even increasing international competitiveness.

The best available technologies for cement and lime have no carbon capture capability.  The international and EU community recognises that CO2 emissions contribute to climate change, and the most practical approach to reducing such emissions to-date for the cement and lime industries has been to increase kiln efficiencies and utilise alternative fuels. 

LEILAC team welcomed the BBC to the LEILAC pilot plant at HeidelbergCement’s Lixhe site.

The visit was part of People Fixing the World – a BBC podcast series that focuses on ‘brilliant solutions to the worlds problem’.

To prevent the worst effects of climate change, we need to massively cut how much carbon we pump into the atmosphere. But those carbon cuts might not happen in time, so another approach may be needed. Around the world, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are working on ways to give us more time to change our way of life. They’re developing technologies and techniques that effectively do climate change in reverse. Instead of pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, they suck it in and store it. These projects range from using rock dust for “enhanced weathering” to trap carbon in farmers’ fields, to the power station attempting to capture it on its way up the chimney. We go on a tour of these projects to see if they offer hope for the future.

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Producer and reporter: Tom Colls

Photo Caption: Carbon dioxide

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