As part of the government’s phase two carbon capture and storage (CCS) cluster sequencing process Hanson’s Padeswood cement works has been shortlisted for funding.
If Padeswood installed carbon capture technology at the site it would become the UK’s first net zero cement works as part of HyNet decarbonisation cluster.
Cement is known to be carbon intensive to make and according to cement producer Hanson the only way to produce the cement the UK needs without emitting large amounts of carbon is to capture and store emissions.
HyNet and East Coast Clusters were selected as the Track I CCS clusters. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now selected 20 projects from these clusters to proceed to the due diligence stage of the phase two process.
Hanson, would be in a position to produce net zero carbon cement as early as 2027, if Padeswood are successful in funding selection. Padeswood also confirm that this would also enable them to create 222 jobs, 54 full-time positions and up to 350 jobs during contruction.
Hanson’s Padeswood cement works are excited to have made the shortlist for the next phase of government funding but state there is still a way to go before being able to realise their ambition for CCS at Padeswood. Government funding is considered essential in giving confidence to invest in a carbon capture plant to be able to secure a sustainable future for the UK cement industry, while also helping in the construction industry’s decarbonisation plans.