Capture: Norcem

The cement industry accounts for around 5-7 per cent of the world's total CO2 emissions. As part of the Full-scale CCS project in Norway, Norcem's location in Brevik may become the world’s first cement factory equipped with a CO2 capture plant.

The cement factory in Brevik alone produces 1.2 million tonnes of cement annually, meaning that there is enough residual heat at the site to capture approximately 400,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. This corresponds to approximately 50 per cent of the factory's emissions. 

Norcem is part of the Heidelberg Cement Group, which is one of the world's largest manufacturers of building materials and the company employs some 59,000 people in 60 countries. 

Norcem has a vision of zero emissions from concrete, seen in a life cycle perspective, by 2030. This vision can be achieved through the development of new types of cement and by increasing the percentage of alternative fuels in cement production, but equipping the factory with a carbon capture plant is essential to achieving the company’s ambitious target. 

CO2 capture in Brevik will contribute essential experience to other concrete manufacturers. In particular, Norcem’s design of the plant to capture an CO2 through the use of the surplus heat from the production of cement will create invaluable knowledge of how to optimize efficiency.