Project lead: Calix
LEILAC (Low Emissions lntensity Lime & Cement) aims to test a breakthrough carbon capture technology that would enable Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their CO2 emissions dramatically without significant energy or capital penalty.
The project runs for five years, from 2016 to 2020, and the project team comprises leading industrial, technology and research and development partners. The pilot plant has recently been constructed at the HeidelbergCement plant at Lixhe in Belgium, and testing is due to begin in the near future.
The cement sector has few other options to decarbonise other than CCS as the majority of CO2 emissions are released directly and unavoidably from the processing of the raw materials rather than from the combustion of fossil fuels.
LEILAC, which is located one hour from Brussels, is currently engaged in a series of public engagement activities. It hopes to enable the CCS discussion to focus on industrial carbon mitigation benefits, for low cost, and will share learnings, experiences, and data throughout the CCUS Network. The pilot aims to accelerate deployment and roll-out of the carbon capture technology across Europe, for which public engagement and a feasible transport and use/storage network is essential.