To deliver on our long-term objective of CO2 reduction, we continuously invest in research, development and innovation. An example of our efforts is the successful industrial production of low-carbon cement at the Patras cement plant in Greece. The new product exhibits equivalent performance to conventional products, but with direct
CO2 emissions reduced by 30%.
Our efforts are supported by our participation in multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives. As a member of the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA), we participate in its carbon capture and storage project, aiming to scale-up relevant technologies for reducing the CO2 emissions associated with cement production.We are engaged in key research partnerships such as the Nanocem consortium, a unique collaboration between industrials and academics that is recognized as the world reference for quality research in cement-based materials. We also participate in European collaborative research projects, which aim to test and develop new approaches on carbon mitigation:
- RECODE aims to demonstrate how CO2 captured from cement plants can be converted into materials for direct use in cement production;
- CARMOF focuses on utilizing nanotechnology and 3D printing methods to develop novel sorbents for industrial CO2 capture;
- SOLCEMENT examines the use of solar power in the reduction of fossil fuel burning.