Concrete is essential for the infrastructure of the future. It is durable, fully recyclable, and produced locally. Given its resistance to extreme weather events such as droughts and severe storms, it plays an important role in mitigating climate change. Since concrete is also inexpensive to manufacture, it can provide even emerging countries with a solid infrastructure at a reasonable cost.

Cement is CO₂-intensive – decarbonisation is the solution

However, the production of cement, the “binder” in concrete, is CO₂-intensive. Therefore, the building materials industry is one of the biggest producers of carbon dioxide emissions. At the same time, this means we have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to climate neutrality – and we are fully committed to this challenge at Heidelberg Materials.

As a technology leader, we are playing a pioneering role in the decarbonisation of our industry. We accept our share of the global responsibility to limit the rise in worldwide temperature to 1.5 °C. We will reduce our CO₂ emissions to net zero by 2050 at the latest – and soon offer the world's first carbon captured net-zero cement.

Reuse CO₂

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Net-zero carbon products

We rely on innovative technologies for carbon capture usage and storage. CCUS is a key component of our climate strategy. We aim for mechanical completion of our CCS facility in Brevik, Norway, by end of 2024. We will implement further projects by 2030.

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CO₂-reduced products

Adding blast furnace slag and fly ash as secondary cementitious materials (SCMs) can reduce the carbon emissions typical of concrete by substituting Portland cement with these by-products from steel mills and coal power plants. In addition, we develop alternative binders to further reduce or eliminate the need for conventional clinker.

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Circular economy

Concrete is fully recyclable – which means our industry can have a big impact. Through resource efficiency, co-processing of waste materials, and concrete recycling, we want to contribute to a  functioning circular economy.

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3D Concrete Printing

3D printing in construction is an upcoming new way of building that through robotic automation allows for the reduction of material usage, the reduction of waste, the increase of process efficiency and safety, while ensuring enhanced design freedom.

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