Heidelberg Materials launches evoZero, the world's first carbon-captured net-zero cement

Under its new evoZero brand, Heidelberg Materials is introducing the world's first carbon-captured net-zero cement to European customers. evoZero achieves its net-zero footprint by applying carbon capture and storage technology at the Heidelberg Materials plant in Brevik, Norway, without compensation from credits generated outside the company's value chain.
Quarry Products / November 28, 2023
By Guy Woodford
'Collaboration' campaign visual for the launch of Heidelberg Materials’ evoZero products Pic: Heidelberg Materials

"The launch of our unique evoZero products is a paradigm shift in the decarbonisation of our sector," says Dr Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board of Heidelberg Materials. "Carbon capture and storage is a breakthrough technology for the building materials industry, and we are frontrunners in deploying it at scale. With evoZero, we are offering the industry's most innovative, globally unique product for our customers, enabling them to drive cutting-edge, environmentally friendly construction projects. I am very proud of the dedication and passion of everyone involved in our pioneering project in Brevik." 

"Carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) is a prerequisite for our industry to achieve Net Zero and vital to building the society of the future", says Dr Nicola Kimm, Chief Sustainability Officer. "evoZero contributes to both our ambitious carbon reduction targets as well as those of our customers."

Brevik plant
The Heidelberg Materials cement plant in Brevik, Norway. Pic: Heidelberg Materials

evoZero cement will be available in two versions, depending on the customer's location. evoZero Carbon Captured Brevik is directly delivered from the Brevik CCS plant in Norway, achieving its net-zero footprint over the entire life cycle. Customers in other European countries may choose evoZero Carbon Captured, delivered from plants close by while leveraging the unique carbon-saving attributes realised in Brevik. evoZero Carbon Captured features a net-zero footprint upon delivery. 

For both products, the carbon capture attributes are transparent and traceable by harnessing the power of blockchain technology through which Heidelberg Materials' customers will receive a verifiable carbon proof for their evoZero purchase. Leveraging well-established principles such as mass-balancing and book-and-claim, a third-party verifier has independently reviewed the carbon capture and emission accounting mechanisms. 

Jon Morrish, Member of the Managing Board of Heidelberg Materials and responsible for the Group area Europe: "With evoZero, we now offer our customers across Europe a new and unique solution to strengthen their market position. evoZero enables them to implement innovative construction projects to actively shape the Green Transformation and to gain competitive advantages with their sustainability-focused stakeholders." 

Customers will benefit from complete flexibility and trusted product performance. As CCS technology will not change cement's chemical composition and performance, evoZero comprises the full cement portfolio, from conventional highest strength CEM-I to CEM-III. As a result, evoZero can be used for all kinds of applications.

The successful installation of the absorber, a key part of the Brevik CCS facility, in summer 2023. Pic: Heidelberg Materials


evoZero products will be available across Europe. Customers can place orders during pre-selling and secure the first batches of evoZero for their sustainable building projects. 

Brevik CCS is the world's first large-scale carbon capture facility in a cement plant. Mechanical completion of the facility is scheduled for the end of 2024. Once operational, 400,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year will be captured and stored, corresponding to 50% of the plant's emissions – equivalent to taking around 180,000 cars off the road. Heidelberg Materials follows a clear, science-based approach to reducing its carbon footprint through product and process innovation and industrial-scale CCUS levers. With the CCUS projects already launched, the company aims to save 10 million tonnes of CO₂ cumulatively by 2030.



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