First All-Electric Zero-Carbon Cement Plant to be Established at Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam is set to host the world's first all-electric zero-carbon cement plant.

First All-Electric Zero-Carbon Cement Plant to be Established at Port of Amsterdam
Jeroen van der Neut, COO HES International and Atle Lygren, CEO and co-founder of EMC,

This innovative project aims to revolutionize cement production by eliminating carbon emissions typically associated with traditional Portland cement plants.

The all-electric zero-emissions plant, of an initial capacity of 1.2 million tonnes, will cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tonnes annually — using less than 10% of the energy of a conventional Portland cement plant. This is a joint effort between EMC Cement and HES International, aims to significantly reduce CO2 while consuming minimal energy compared to traditional Portland cement plants.

The plant will leverage EMC Technology, incorporating a unique form of 'mechanical activation' to utilize natural volcanic ash (EMC Volcanics) as a substitute for 70% of Portland Cement in concrete production. Notably, the facility will also focus on processing end-of-life concrete fines and other minerals to promote a sustainable circular economy. Operating with zero waste or biohazards, the plant will adhere to strict environmental regulations regarding noise and dust emissions.

Expected to commence operations in late 2025 or early 2026, the plant's strategic location at HES' Bulk Terminal within the Port of Amsterdam will facilitate efficient access to rail, truck, sea, and canal systems. This positioning will enable broad national and international reach, extending to countries like Belgium, the U.K., France, Germany, and Scandinavia.

Atle Lygren, CEO of EMC, emphasized the project's alignment with global climate action goals and highlighted the technology's potential to drive significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions without the need for costly carbon capture solutions. Jeroen van der Neut, COO of HES, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership with EMC and its contribution to decarbonization efforts. Additionally, Roon van Maanen from the Port of Amsterdam praised the project as a pivotal step towards achieving carbon neutrality at the port.

This transformative endeavor not only signifies a major leap towards sustainable cement production but also sets a precedent for future eco-friendly practices in the industry.

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