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Heidelberg Materials

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Introducing Heidelberg Materials

Heidelberg Materials is the second biggest global company in the cement industry, with a turnover of EUR 18.9 billion and more than 51,000 employees in over 50 countries. Heidelberg Materials aims to achieve carbon neutrality for concrete by 2050 at the latest, and to produce 30% less CO2 emissions compared to 1990 by 2030. Heidelberg Materials is the first cement producer that received approval for its CO2 reduction targets according to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) criteria. 

Heidelberg Materials Górażdże, Poland: one of the biggest European cement sites in Europe.

2050 decarbonisation roadmap

In its 2050 decarbonisation roadmap, Heidelberg Materials placed a large emphasis on avoiding COemissions through a wide range of measures (energy efficiency, clinker substitution, biomass use, calcined clay, low carbon concrete, concrete recycling, re-use of recycled cement paste).

Nevertheless, these measures need to be complemented with CCS in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and in order to reach the EU goal of a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 for the European (cement) industry. As a consequence, Heidelberg Materials has allocated considerable resources to preparing a strategic plan for CCS, as well as developing and implementing early moving projects. 

How Heidelberg Materials works with CCS

Heidelberg Materials has been active in CCS since as early as 2007, as a member of the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) developing oxyfuel technology. Via Norcem, our subsidiary in Norway, we have conducted early investigations into carbon capture technology that resulted in the well-known Brevik CCS project, which will be the first large-scale CCS project for the cement industry in the world. 

We have developed a complete portfolio of CCS projects, both independently and with partners in national or EU-funded projects. In addition to ACCSESS, some of our key CCS projects include: 

Heidelberg Material’s CCS portfolio has been developed through an intensive collaboration between Group Departments, such as Technologies & Partnerships (T&P) and Competence Centre Cement (CCC) and the operational sites, where the projects are to be embedded in the local situation. Stakeholder management and regulatory aspects, such as permits/subsidies, are dealt with locally.
Man catching cloud of CO2 with a net.

Our contribution to ACCSESS

In ACCSESS, Heidelberg Materials builds on its vast network and rich experience in CCS, as well as recent experience in Horizon 2020-funded projects. Our contribution is threefold: 

  1. Hosting the Saipem demo at our site in Górażdże, Poland, 
  2. Facilitating and guiding the design by VDZ, Linde and SINTEF of a fully integrated post combustion capture unit, both at our sites in Hanover, Germany and Górażdże, Poland, and 
  3. Contributing to the transport value chain analysis to connect both sites to the Norwegian storage location. 

In addition to this operational role, Heidelberg Materials is participating to the Industrial Advisory Board of the ACCSESS project and supporting the IP-team.


Jan Theulen, Head Technologies & Partnerships

The LEILAC tower in Heidelberg Materials Lixhe
The LEILAC tower in Heidelberg Materials Lixhe, funded by EU Horizon 2020.