Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference

07 February 2018

LEILAC Pilot Plant 3D Model


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. 

Over 130 international experts from across industry, academia and government gathered in early February 2018 for the Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference, in Oupeye, Belgium, organised by the LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) Consortium.


Over 130 international experts from across industry, academia and government gathered in early February 2018 for the Innovation in Industrial Carbon Capture Conference in Oupeye, Belgium.


The two-day event was organised by the LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) Consortium, a European Union Horizon 2020 carbon capture project. A wide-ranging agenda was designed to encourage discussion and knowledge sharing across key stakeholder groups with a strategic interest in innovation in carbon capture technology. The full agenda can be found here.


The event started with an examination of the global and European climate change targets, industrial commitments and challenges, and the necessary role for industrial CCS in meeting carbon targets. The supporting presentations can be found here:

  • Supporting the development of CCS in Europe - View post-COP23 and latest on EU ETS and the Innovation fund - EC DG Climate Action, Director Runge-Metzger

  • The importance of industrial emissions and carbon capture in the global climate challenge - IEA, Dr Simon Bennett

  • Cement industry perspective - HeidelbergCement, Dr Albert Scheuer, Member of the Managing Board

  • Lime industry perspective - Lhoist, Jean Marbehant, VP Public Affairs & member of EuLA Managing Board




Jonas Helseth of Bellona Europa makes his introduction ahead of panel debate

The second session turned to the role of innovation in addressing those challenges, the support mechanisms – short and long term – that are in place or should be considered, and company entrepreneurship. The presentations made can be found here:

  • Importance of innovation to help future proof industry in Europe and role of Horizon2020 - EC DG for Research & Innovation, Jeroen Schuppers

  • Innovation case study - LEILAC overview - Calix, CEO Phil Hodgson

  • Innovation in financing CCUS - European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD), Deputy Head Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, Gianpiero Nacci

  • Enabling change – HeidelbergCement, Jan Theulen





Phil Hodgson of Calix responds to a question in the second panel debate


Frédéric Daerden, Member of the Federal Parliament of Belgium and Mayor of Herstal, provided concluding remarks to the first day.

The second day of the Conference provided a more detailed view on innovations and projects from across Europe. The delegates received an overview of Direct Separation (the technology demonstrated within the LEILAC project) and Oxyfuel technologies, followed by an examination on the diverse nature and role of CCU:

  • Direct Separation - Calix, Mark Sceats

  • Oxyfuel technologies - ECRA, Volker Hoenig

  • Building a low carbon world - combined solutions for cement production - BELLONA, Jonas Helseth

A decarbonisation fair followed the presentations, where these themes could be explored in more detail. Some of the posters and presentations used are here:

  • LEILAC - LEILAC Project – Research and Development Overview - Calix, Mark Sceats

  • Oxyfuel - Design of demonstration plant - ECRA, Volker Hoenig

  • CLEANKER - Objectives + scope of Ca-Looping - Politecnico de Milano, Prof M. Fantini

  • CCU - Carbonation by minerals CO2MIN - RWTH Aachen, Hesam Ostovari

  • CCU by micro-algae; carbon footprint study - HeidelbergCement, Jan Theulen

  • CCS - Full chain - ROAD project lessons learnt - ROAD, Dr Andy Read

  • Market development & deployment of CCU solutions - CO2 Value Europe, Damien Dallemagne

The conference concluded with the manager of the Lixhe plant, who talked enthusiastically about the importance of engineers in helping to address society’s greatest challenges.

  • What role can a cement plant manager play in addressing upcoming CO2 challenges in industry? - Julien Wart, CBR HeidelbergCement


Some more images of the event can be accessed here.

Panel Discussion on Climate Change
Calix's Phil Hodgson in Panel Debate