Air Liquide, Holcim Team Up to Cut CO2 in Belgium

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Air Liquide and Holcim have agreed to collaborate on a project aimed at reducing carbon emissions at Holcim's upcoming cement production facility in Belgium.

The project will employ Air Liquide's advanced Cryocap carbon capture technology. Both companies have jointly applied for support from the European Innovation Fund. The collaboration marks a significant milestone in the drive to decarbonise the industry in Belgium.

Holcim's new cement production plant, which will replace an existing asset, is set to benefit from Air Liquide's cutting-edge carbon capture technology, resulting in a significant reduction of up to 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The partnership forms part of Holcim's GO4Zero initiative, which is designed to help the company achieve carbon neutrality in Belgium by 2030.

Air Liquide will contribute to the GO4Zero initiative by utilising its specialised knowledge and expertise in CO2 capture technologies. Specifically, Air Liquide will install and operate a CryocapTM Oxy unit to capture and purify as much as 95% of the CO2 emissions produced by Holcim's Obourg production facility. The captured CO2 will be processed at the Antwerp@C CO2 Export Hub, where it will be liquefied, transported by CO2 ships, and ultimately safely and permanently stored offshore.

The successful realisation of the project will rely on securing funding from European schemes supporting decarbonisation. In line with this objective, Air Liquide and Holcim have submitted a joint application to the European Innovation Fund, which is one of the largest programmes worldwide for advancing innovative low-carbon technologies.

Pascal Vinet, who oversees Europe Industries as a Senior Vice President and Executive Committee Member of the Air Liquide Group, has stated that the company's ADVANCE strategy is focused on decarbonising the industry.

Air Liquide is committed to providing a range of innovative solutions to support its customers in this transition. CryocapTM, Air Liquide's proprietary technology, is particularly suitable for decarbonising the cement industry.

The partnership with Holcim demonstrates Air Liquide's capability to collaborate with its customers to significantly reduce their carbon footprint and achieve the decarbonisation of the industry. Air Liquide's sustainable development goals include achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, and the company aspires to play an active role in fostering a low-carbon industry.

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