Federbeton launches cement industry decarbonisation strategy
Italy: The Italian cement association Federbeton has launched its plan for cement industry decarbonisation in line with the EU’s European Green Deal target of a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions between 1990 and 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. The strategy includes Euro4.2bn of total new investments and Euro1.4m/yr of extra operating costs across the industry. The investment will cover the adoption of transition technologies and the large-scale application of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The association says that while some such actions, such as alternative fuel (AF) substitution, are immediately available, others require further development. The sector’s primary fuel is petcoke, which is mainly imported from the Gulf of Mexico. Moreover, Federbeton has identified the 100% replacement of all fossil fuels with ‘low-carbon impact’ alternatives as a means of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint by 12% achievable in the short term.