The context and challenge

Cement is one of the most widely used substances on the planet, fulfilling an essential role in providing society’s need for housing and infrastructure.


Lime is used in a variety of applications including in the iron & steel, chemical, paper and pharmaceutical industries.


Both industries and directly employ more than 388,000 people in Europe.


At the same time, both sectors have relatively high carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The majority of the CO2 emissions are released directly and unavoidably from the processing of the raw materials – not from the combustion of fossil fuels.


In order to reach the EU’s emissions reductions targets by 2050, carbon capture technologies will need to be applied to the majority of European cement plants, and LEILAC is uniquely placed to support Europe to achieve these targets in a timely, effective and efficient manner.

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This project has received € 12m of funding from Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation of the European Union under the grant agreement No 654465.