Already in 2027, the Kujawy Cement Plant will become the first zero-emission cement plant in Poland. Kujawy Go4ECOPlanet is a globally unique project whereby a CO2 capture facility is being installed at the Kujawy Cement Plant, which will make it possible to reduce the carbon footprint of the sintering process of clinker, which is the basic ingredient in cement production.
The Go4ECOPlanet project contributes to meeting the European Green Deal objectives, in alignment with the EU regulations aiming at achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The investment project is co-financed by the EU Innovation Fund that uses funds from the ETS system. Lafarge (part of Holcim Group) and the Innovation Fund signed the project co-financing agreement on 19 January 2023 in Brussels. The total project cost is €380 million, with EU financing at €228 million.
Kujawy Go4ECOPlanet is setting new standards in industrial innovation and new generation technologies that contribute to climate protection by reducing the carbon footprint in Europe. The project is an important milestone in the decarbonization of the construction sector, since eliminating CO2 emissions from cement production translates into a lower carbon footprint for construction materials, and consequently – for all newly constructed buildings.
In addition to accomplishing the main goal of further reducing the environmental impact, the Kujawy Go4ECOPlanet project may become a driver of change benefiting the environment in emission-intensive industries.
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Kujawy Go4ECOPlanet is a project initiated by Lafarge in Poland. However, large-scaleand complex investment projects like this always require the involvement of other parties. The developer and contractor for the Cryocap™ FG technology, which will be used at the Kujawy Cement Plant, is Air Liquide. Subcontractors and experts from different disciplines will be involved in the implementation, depending on the stage of the project. The carbon capture installation at the Kujawy Cement Plant is being built with the financial support of European Union institutions.
The final stage of this undertaking will be the creation of a fully-fledged carbon capture and storage chain. After liquefaction and loading, the CO2 will be transported by rail to a transhipment facility in a seaport, where it will be loaded onto ships and taken to the North Sea. Permanent storage will take place in specially designated, depleted gas and oil caverns.
The transport infrastructure (a seaport terminal for unloading railway cars, storing CO2 and loading it onto ships) is part of a separate project called ECO2CEE, which will be carried out by a consortium that also includes Lafarge.
The Kujawy Go4ECOPlanet project is part of the sustainable development strategy at Lafarge and Holcim Group, whose objectives include a comprehensive decarbonisation of industrial processes.
Read more on: Lafarge Sustainable Development Strategy