Reducing carbon footprint thanks to Kujawy Go4ECOPlanet

First zero-emission cement plant in Poland

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.

Reduced carbon footprint thanks to CO2 capture

The installation, which will be launched in 2027, will capture 100% of the CO2 emissions caused by clinker production. In the span of 10 years, it will capture over 10 million tonnes of CO2, which is 10% of the total annual cement industry CO2 emissions in Poland.

Kujawy Go4ECOPlanet is the first CO2 capture project of this size in the world. As a result, the Kujawy Cement Plant will be able to produce cement at an even lower carbon footprint than currently, and some types of cement may become zero-emission. By the same token, it will become one of the first net zero-emission cement plants in Europe.

The project entails building the infrastructure for the capture and condensation of CO2 from the clinker kiln flue gas, and assorted installations. The facility has been designed based on Air Liquide's Cryocap™ FG technology.

The Cryocap™ FG solution used at the Kujawy Cement Plant is the first CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology in Europe that assures complete CO2 emission capture. Currently, CO2 capture technologies are the most effective method of reducing carbon emissions in the cement industry.

This pioneering deployment of Cryocap™ FG on an industrial scale will make it possible to replicate the technology at further cement plants and in other industries in Europe. The next step will be to develop a full chain of carbon capture and storage. 

Go4ECOPlanet and the European
GreenDeal

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. 

What is the schedule of the project?

The Kujawy Go4ECOPlanet project is planned to run for 5 years. All the formalities necessary to begin the construction are scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2024. By that point, it is planned that contracts for energy and transport will have been signed with key partners and subcontractors. The launch of the carbon capture installation is scheduled for April 2027 and within the first year of its operation, CO2 emissions should be reduced by one million tonnes annually. 

January - February 2022 / 3 March 2022

Preparation of documents Project application with InnovFund EC

November 2022 – 31 March 2024

Technical design

30 June 2024

FID (financial closure)

30 April 2027 – 30 April 2037

FIP (start of operations)
Installation launch
/ 10 years in operation

Q4 2025 - Q4 2026

Construction

1 November 2024 - Q4 2025

Purchasing the basic
devices

2027+

Offshore storage

January - February 2022 / 3 March 2022

Preparation of documents Project application with InnovFund EC

November 2022 – 31 March 2024

Technical design

30 June 2024

FID (financial closure)

1 November 2024 - Q4 2025

Purchasing the basic devices

Q4 2025 - Q4 2026

Construction

30 April 2027 – 30 April 2037

FIP (start of operations) Installation launch / 10 years in operation

2027+

Offshore storage

Who is involved in Kujawy Go4ECOPlanet?

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.

Acomplete chain to capture and store CO2

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

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