Visit of representatives of the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council (EU-GCC) 

LEILAC Pilot Plant


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 LEILAC project was delighted to welcome representatives of the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council (EU-GCC) who visited the pilot site on 12 November.

Experts and officials from the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been discussing economic diversification in the context of climate change during a two-day EU GCC workshop in Brussels this week. The objective of the workshop was to share respective policies, technological solutions and research experiences. The GCC delegation consists of representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the GCC Secretariat General while at the EU level, participants include officers from DG CLIMA, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, European External Action Service, DG RTD and DG ENER as well as the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network. IRENA, the Global CCS Institute and the Global Covenant of Mayors also contributed to the workshop.

In concluding the workshop, delegates visited the LEILAC pilot plant. During their visit to the site, the group were given an overview of the challenges facing the cement and lime industries, followed by an introduction to the innovative carbon capture technology being developed by the LEILAC project. The group learnt that this new technology can simply separate the unavoidable carbon emissions released from the heating of limestone. As the technology does not require additional energy or processes to do this separation, it has the potential to capture industrial carbon emissions for minimal cost. An outline of the history of the pilot plant’s development was given, and the critical role that European H2020 funding has played in realising this innovative project.

In addition to visiting the control room, the group concluded the visit by braving the cold weather and climbed the 60m tall pilot structure.