The context and challenge

Cement is one of the most widely used substances on the planet, after water, 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.

Cement and concrete directly employ more than 384,000 people in Europe, and combined with indirect jobs, more than 1,000,000.

At the same time, both sectors have relatively high carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and are responsible for around 8% of global CO2 emissions.


The majority of 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 2030, and global carbon neutrality ambitions by 2050, carbon capture technologies that stop CO2 reaching the atmosphere 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.