LafargeHolcim España, Carbon Clean and Sistemas de Calor have created ECCO2, a joint venture for the development of an advanced technology CO2 capture plant at the Carboneras cement factory (Almeria). The three companies have been working on the project since the end of 2020, in order to assess its technical feasibility and benefits for the local community. The plant is expected to be operational in early 2023.
The purpose of the project is to capture CO2 emissions generated during the cement manufacturing process, treat the captured carbon dioxide and then use it for agricultural purposes. The captured carbon will be used in greenhouses in the region, where it will improve crop productivity through a process known as carbon fertilisation, which mimics and enhances natural photosynthesis, increasing crop eco-efficiency by reducing the ratio of water and soil per kg of vegetable production. This circular carbon economy project will reduce CO2 emissions and offer a sustainable future.
Isidoro Miranda, CEO of LafargeHolcim Spain, points out that “thanks to the creation of this joint-venture we are getting closer to completing this project that will contribute to improving the competitiveness and efficiency of our factory, but also of local agricultural production compared to the high-tech greenhouses that already use this technique in other European countries”. He adds that “this circular economy business model, which will initially start with the capture of 10% of carbon dioxide emissions, will become an important milestone in our roadmap towards the decarbonisation of the building materials sector”.
Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of Carbon Clean, said: “We are delighted to announce this joint venture, a milestone that consolidates our strategic relationship with LafargeHolcim España. We are confident that, together with LafargeHolcim’s extensive knowledge in cement manufacturing, Sistemas de Calor’s expertise and our technology, this ambitious project will accelerate the development of the circular carbon economy in the cement sector in Europe.”
Antonio Cambil, CEO of Sistemas de Calor, said: “Having quality CO2 available at reasonable prices will be an important incentive for farmers to move towards high-tech greenhouses. This will result in higher productivity and improved international competitiveness of Almeria’s agriculture.
Commitment to the environment and local economic development
The sustainable growth of industry and agriculture are strategic priorities for the future of the province of Almeria. ECCO2 has been developed in response to this and will improve the environment by increasing the productivity of intensive agriculture in the region. Furthermore, the project is aligned with the criteria of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan and will be eligible for European NEXT Generation funds.
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