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Holcim unveil multi-million dollar net-zero cement facility

Holcim has revealed its new state-of-the-art GO4ZERO plant, which is engineered to produce two million tons of net-zero cement per annum by 2029. 

The new facility, located in Obourg, Belgium, has a planned investment of over $500 million EUR which is in partnership with Air Liquide. The plant’s groundbreaking is being held in the presence of Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, and Wopke Hoekstra, European Commissioner for Climate Action. 

“Belgium can take great pride in the foundation of Holcim’s new plant in Obourg. This investment symbolizes exactly the vision that our country has been pursuing for the past four years: build a future for industry in Europe, with the highest standards in terms of innovation and CO2 objectives. And here, in a crucial field like construction,” De Croo said. 

Chief executive of the Holcim Group Miljan Gutovic, Holcim is on course to make net-zero cement and concrete a reality at scale this decade. 

“GO4ZERO is one of our six large-scale, European Union-supported carbon capture, utilization and storage projects. These aim to capture a total of over 5 million tons of CO₂ per annum, enabling us to offer over 8 million tons of fully decarbonized cement each year across Europe by 2030,” he said 

The GO4ZERO project transforms cement manufacturing at every stage of the process. Accelerating decarbonized energy use, more than 95 per cent of its energy will be sourced from alternative fuels, while over 30 per cent of its raw mix will come from partly decarbonized alternative raw materials – predominantly waste generated by other industries, thereby advancing circularity. As a result, the plant will cut CO2 emissions by 30 per cent as early as 2027, and it will also operate Europe’s largest installation of floating solar panels.  

Holcim is partnering with Air Liquide on the project with EUR $230 million in support from the Innovation Fund, which is financed by revenues from the EU Emissions Trading System. 

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