CEMEX joins LEILAC-2 project


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. 

The European Commission officially approved CEMEX joining the LEILAC-2 Project following unanimous support from the LEILAC-2 consortium. The LEILAC-2 Project is focussed on scaling Calix’s CO2 mitigation technology for the cement and lime industries to demonstration scale at HeidelbergCement’s Hannover cement plant, following a successful piloting of the technology via the LEILAC-1 Project in Belgium.


CEMEX has committed in-kind support to the project given its strong technical expertise and knowledge of the cement production process, as well as a cash contribution which will be applied to the construction phase of the project.



Phil Hodgson, MD of Calix and Chairman of the LEILAC-2 Executive Board, said


“We are very pleased CEMEX has decided to join the LEILAC-2 Project, following our great collaboration with them on LEILAC-1. While CEMEX were not able to join LEILAC-2 at the commencement of the Project, they had always expressed an interest and recently confirmed their financial commitment, clearing the path to join, with unanimous support of the rest of the consortium. We look forward to continue working with CEMEX on the LEILAC technology development, for CO2 mitigation for the cement and lime industries”.


Davide Zampini, Global R&D Head of CEMEX, said


“We are very enthusiastic about our continued participation in the LEILAC-2 project.  Amongst the different technologies that we are pursuing, it is one of the most promising technologies to mitigate CO2 emissions in clinker production.  We look forward to supporting Calix and the LEILAC team, and contribute to key developments in the pilot project.  Above all, key members of the industry are collaborating to accelerate the possibility of adopting the technology.”


The LEILAC-2 Project is currently undergoing Basis-of-Design work, which is targeted for completion by end June 2021. If that milestone is met successfully, full Front End Engineering Design (FEED) commences and will run through to H2 2022. Upon a successful FEED, construction would commence and is targeted for completion by end 2023, with the first commercial demonstration in early 2024.

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LEILAC 1 pilot