The lighthouse project Concrete Chemicals will mark the very first milestone towards decarbonizing the cement industry. An international consortium of industrial and academic project partners - including the renewable energy company ENERTRAG, global building materials producer CEMEX and electrolysis company Sunfire - is paving the way to achieve a clean cement production process through converting emitted CO2 into methanol, renewable chemical products and clean, synthetic fuels.
The EU has set itself ambitious goals to tackle today’s climate challenges. Until 2050, policymakers and industry players are aiming to achieve a climate neutral economy. CEMEX, as part of the cement industry, has set ambitious targets to reduce CO2 emissions towards a carbon neutral society by 2050 at the latest.
The cement plant in Rüdersdorf is one of the most efficient plants in Europe. Not least because of this, the global building materials manufacturer CEMEX has chosen Rüdersdorf to primarily test and accelerate innovative technologies to reach carbon neutrality. We aspire for Rüdersdorf to be the first carbon neutral cement plant by 2030. The technological learnings derived from the Rüdersdorf "Carbon Neutral Alliance" should gradually be shared with the CEMEX global portfolio of cement plants and adapted to local conditions to accelerate its decarbonization goals of the cement production process.
Headquarter Rüdersdorf in Germany
Further CEMEX cement plants in Spain, Poland, Czech Rep., UK and Croatia
The project partners aim to develop and deploy highly innovative and recyclable catalytic material systems to facilitate the production of methanol and green hydrocarbons from industrial flue gas emissions: mainly CO2 (but also CO and H2), aiming at 50 % increase in the overall efficiency compared to the state of the art.
The successful implementation of the project will require the supportive engagement of local community partners as well as a regulatory learning curve to adapt the related market design questions. Next to the increasing understanding of the technologies applied in the plant and the cooperation between the interfaces of involved partners, investors and regulatory authorities will be optimized.
President of CEMEX Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia
Having already achieved close to 35 % reduction in CO2 emissions compared to 1990, 10 years ahead of the original target, our aspiration now moves to accelerate towards 55 % by 2030 in Europe and to deliver carbon neutral concrete globally by 2050. We believe that driving down the CO2 footprint of our operations and products is urgent and critical for our industry. Together with our industrial partners, we are transforming our products and solutions in a collective ambition for a more sustainable world.
Members of the Bundestag visit Rüdersdorf cement plant
On May 10, 2021, a CDU delegation led by Members of the German Bundestag Dr. Saskia Ludwig and Jens Koeppen visited the CEMEX cement plant in Rüdersdorf, following up on earlier discussions about the international building ...
Mitglieder der grünen Landtagsfraktion in Brandenburg informieren sich im CEMEX-Zementwerk über Fortschritte ...
Dr. Saskia Ludwig und Jens Koeppen (CDU) informieren sich über aktuelle Dekarbonisierungs-initiativen von CEMEX ...