Launch of CARBON4MINERALS Project
The CARBON4MINERALS Project, short for "Transforming CO2 into added-value construction products", is a 48-month research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 101091870 with EU contribution of 14.846.811€ in funding and total cost of 20 322 450 €. The project started in January 2023 and will end in December 2026.
The European Green Deal sets ambitious targets for GHG emission reductions for the process industry, which can only partly be reached by the transition to renewable energy. Residual, hard-to-abate CO2 emissions from industrial processes such as steel and cement production will need to be captured, and wherever possible, processed and recycled into new products. The shift towards low-carbon processes may disrupt existing industrial symbiosis pathways. If no alternative linkages are developed, this may lead to increasing emissions in downstream sectors. The transitions in steel and energy production lead to dwindling supplies of low-carbon resources for cement production such as blast furnace slag and coal fly ash.
The core concept of CARBON4MINERALS addresses the simultaneous use of CO2 from industrial flue gases with current and future waste streams to unlock a vast stock of resources for innovative low-carbon binders and construction materials. A total of 8 industrial pilots will be built and operated across the process value chain from CO2 capture to cement production and low-carbon construction products.
The official kick-off meeting of the project with all 14 partners, including the ECTP Members FENIX TNT, HeidelbergCement, NTNU & SINTEF, will be held from the 1st to the 2nd of February in Berchem, Belgium.