thyssenkrupp Cement Technologies with its brands polysius® and Maerz® is one of the few full-range suppliers for the cement industry – from individual machines, all the way up to complete plants. We also have compelling solutions for the modernisation of existing systems. We have unique expertise in the field of process engineering. In accordance with customer-specific requirements, we develop innovative machinery, technologies and processes to create intelligent production lines.
From the planning process, to construction, to the commissioning of plants, our clients have a single contact person. This accelerates procedures, prevents conflicts of interests, and ensures fast and trouble-free commissioning.
The trend in the global cement industry is moving towards the awarding of turnkey orders: from individual grinding plants to entire production lines.
Thanks to the application of ultra-modern production processes, our plants protect resources and the environment and guarantee plant owners maximum productivity and economy of operation.
What is green cement?
Green cement stands for a greener and more sustainable cement production and can be part of the solution to counteract climate change and to manage urbanization and globalization as the key challenges of our times.
Cement is the key ingredient that shapes our environment. It is the reason why tower blocks, car parks, and walls can be built with concrete, but also impressive buildings like the Burj Khalifa and the Pantheon in Rome. We use concrete to protect ourselves, to feel save and have shelter and to form the nature by building bridges and dams.
Why is it important for cement to become green?
Today, the cement industry accounts for 7% of the world's total carbon dioxide emissions. Due to an increasing demand for cement that steams for ongoing urbanization and growth developments, global cement production is forecasted to increase to 4.83 billion metric tons in 2030. With a total of 2.5 billion people moving into megacities by 2050, there is a definite need for the building material to create infrastructure and living space – but also to be more sustainable. This is because climate change poses a fundamental threat to animal life and people’s livelihoods. If more sustainable technologies are not devised and implemented the cement industry will be treated as key actor who threatens our prospects on earth. In fact, if the industry were a country, it would be the third largest carbon dioxide emitter after the United States and China. This shows the tremendous impact of cement production on the environment. The production of cement therefore carries an extremely poor ecological footprint.
For many decades, humanity accepted the environmental downside to take advantage of the benefits of concrete. But this is changing now and the willingness among the population and among politicians and industries rises to reduce greenhouse gases. The Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 is the first globally effective climate protection agreement, as not only all industrialised countries but also all newly industrialising and developing countries have committed themselves to contributing to international climate protection. This includes, among other things, making the global economy greenhouse gas neutral between the year 2050 and 2100. However, the agreement does not contain regulations on how to manage the reduction of greenhouse gases by the individual countries.
The extended requirements for companies resulting from the climate agreement and the increase of global warming and natural catastrophes lead to the fact that politicians, activists and industries sought new solutions for a climate-friendly production of cement. Scientific research on the manufacturing process for producing green cement with the goal to emit fewer emissions and to be more environmentally friendly is rising.
There is a need for new solutions to produce cement in a more environmentally friendly way in order to meet the growing willingness of society and industries to build and create sustainably.
What is “green” in green cement?
The prefix “green” describes the more sustainable and efficient production process by reducing emissions and preserve resources. It can also include new ways of saving energy within the production process and the usage of different components in binders. The green cement is an eco-friendly product, which can solve the current climate problems the world is facing.
The green polysius® cement plant
With the green polysius® cement plant and our vision of a CO2 free cement production we lead the way to more sustainability in cement industry. Our passionate engineers want to shape the future of our world and contribute to sustainable development where we can do it best: in cement plant construction and in delivering single machines. Thanks to our 160 years of expertise and strong customer relations we know how to enable our customers to thrive and stay competitive.
We are committed to the thyssenkrupp climate targets and contribute already today with market-ready solutions that lead to significant CO2 emission reduction and a higher profitability for our customers. While others talk about becoming green, we deliver! We call it #grey2green.