The Swedish company Cemvision announces that it has entered industrial-scale demo production of its green cement, which slashes CO2 emissions by more than 95% compared to traditional cement production. By doing so, the company takes the pole position in the race for carbon-neutralizing one of the world’s dirtiest industries.
In June 2023, Swedish Cleantech reported that Cemvision had produced its first fossil-free cement in a new pilot facility. Now, the company has taken one step further and entered industrial-scale demo production as the first green cement producer to achieve this milestone.
– This means we are on the right trajectory to become a sizable player in the global cement market landscape by 2030 and reach full capacity of our first factory by 2025, says Oscar Hållén, CEO of Cemvision, from Dubai, where he is present for COP28.
Led by alumni from some of Sweden’s most successful technology companies and founded by industry insiders with a background at the world’s largest incumbent cement producers, the company is backed by Breakthrough Energy, EQT Foundation, Polar Structure, Norrsken, and Backing Minds.
The cement industry accounts for 8 per cent of global emissions. Cement is the main ingredient in concrete which is the world’s most used building material. Cemvision targets the two major emission sources in cement production. In the first phase, where raw materials account for 60% of emissions, Cemvision’s proprietary process replaces virgin limestone with industrial by-products, cutting CO2 emissions by approximately 95%. In the processing phase, responsible for 40% of emissions, Cemvision uses CO2-free, non-fossil heating to eliminate these emissions.
Cemvision was founded in 2020 by Claes Kollberg, Paul Sandberg and Marcus Olsson.