Cementa’s factory in Slite, Sweden

Cementa aims for zero emissions with Vattenfall

A large source of carbon dioxide could disappear in less than 20 years, with the help of Vattenfall.

Swedish cement manufacturer Cementa and Vattenfall will conduct a pilot study on electrified cement production. Cementa’s objective is zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. This is equivalent to a reduction of about five percent of Sweden's total CO2 emissions.

Decades of work on energy efficiency improvements and phasing out fossil fuels in cement production has enabled Cementa to successively reduce its climate impact which is now low in comparison – about 15 percent below the global average. Despite this, carbon dioxide emissions are still the industry's major sustainability challenge and Cementa represents one 20th of the total climate gas emissions in Sweden.

Achieving Cementa's vision of zero carbon dioxide emissions from cement products during their life-cycle demands a technological shift. In the CemZero project, Cementa and Vattenfall will use pilot studies to investigate the possibilities for a climate-smart and sustainable cement production process in Sweden, supplied by a fossil-free Swedish energy system.

"Electrification within the industry is an important element in the transition to sustainable urban development. We are now going to develop knowledge within the field in order to ascertain together with Vattenfall whether it is a potential future solution for cement production," says Jan Gånge, CEO of Cementa.

"It is very positive that we are working together with Cementa to find a solution. A climate-smart, electrified cement industry can make an important contribution to our joint efforts to reduce climate impact," says Magnus Hall, President and CEO at Vattenfall.

Concrete is the world's most common building material. Population growth in combination with ever more people wanting to live more densely in cities means that concrete will also remain a very important building material in the future which means that demand for cement will remain high.

Read more about how Vattenfall supports Swedish industry in becoming independent of fossil fuel

See also

The Preem flag. Photographer: Preem

Vattenfall and Preem look into large-scale production of fossil-free hydrogen

The collaboration between Vattenfall and Swedish fuel company Preem, aimed at producing fossil-free hydrogen for biofuel production, is entering the next phase. A study is now being conducte...

Read the full article
Torbjörn Wahlborg, Senior Executive Vice President Generation at Vattenfall (left), and Kalev Kallemets, CEO of Fermi Energia, at signing of LOI at Vattenfall's headquarters in Solna, Sweden.

Vattenfall advances its Estonian cooperation on Small Modular Reactors

For the past year Vattenfall has participated in a feasibility study by the Estonian start-up energy company Fermi Energia to explore the possibilities for Small Modular Reactor (SMR) deploy...

Read the full article
The Storrotliden wind farm in Sweden

Vattenfall to deliver renewable energy 24/7 to Microsoft´s Swedish datacenters

Vattenfall and Microsoft in Sweden piloted 24/7 Matching solution last year and are now intensifying the partnership as energy partners.

Read the full article