Heidelberg Materials granted four-year quarry permit in Slite, Sweden
The Swedish Land and Environmental Court has granted Cementa, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Materials, a four-year permit to continue quarrying operations in Slite on the Swedish Island of Gotland. After completion of the appeal period, the court’s ruling of 13 December 2022 became final today. The permit can be used immediately. Heidelberg Materials welcomes the decision, which is crucial for securing Sweden’s security of cement supply for the next four years, until a long-term quarry permit is in place.
The cement plant in Slite is of major importance for the Swedish construction industry since up to three quarters of the cement used for concrete production in Sweden are currently produced at this plant.
The Slite cement plant is also the location of Heidelberg Materials’ Slite CCS project, one of Sweden’s largest climate transition initiatives. The breakthrough project supports Sweden’s ambitious carbon emission reduction goals. The installation is scheduled to commence operations in 2030 and will be scaled to capture up to 1.8 million tonnes of CO₂ annually, equalling 3 % of the country’s total emissions. Preparations for the project have already started.
About Heidelberg Materials
Heidelberg Materials is one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of building materials and solutions with leading market positions in cement, aggregates, and ready-mixed concrete. We are represented in over 50 countries with more than 51,000 employees at almost 3,000 sites. At the centre of our actions lies the responsibility for the environment. As the front runner on the path to carbon neutrality and circular economy in the building materials industry, we are working on sustainable building materials and solutions for the future. We enable new opportunities for our customers through digitalisation.