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HeidelbergCement enters joint venture with new technology company to reduce carbon emissions of cement production

"Cleaning up cement industry emissions with carbon conversion", 15 Jan 2016

Cement manufacturing is one of the most carbon emissions intensive industries on the planet, but a handful of innovative companies are working hard to change that. Among the most promising innovations, according to HeidelbergCement…is technology that takes carbon dioxide from cement's smoke stack flue gas and uses bioengineering to convert it to low carbon fuel for transportation…Heidelberg entered a joint venture…with Joule Unlimited, the technology developer, to figure out how to scale the process to commercially viable levels…[T]he industry knows its culpability in contributing to climate change and 25 major producers formed the Cement Sustainability Initiative…The aim is to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2050 . HeidelbergCement has been a hard charger in the group…Joule[‘s]…technology uses engineered bacteria as a catalyst to convert the CO2 in a continuous process…Joule's CO2 conversion technology is essentially about reversing the process of a combustion engine…[Also refers to Calera, FedEx, Solidia Technologies, and Southwest Airlines.]