FLSmidth announces MissionZero to reduce emissions in cement and mining by 2030

On 06.11.2019, FLSmidth launched MissionZero, a new sustainability programme aimed at significantly reducing emissions across the global cement and mining industries by 2030.

Central to MissionZero is FLSmidth’s focus on enabling its customers in cement and mining to move towards zero emissions in 2030. The company will do so by leveraging the development of digital and innovative solutions tied to sustainable productivity, offering its customers the required technological solutions to:

operate zero emissions cement plants by 2030

manage zero emissions mining processes by 2030 – with specific focus on water management

Towards zero emissions in cement

FLSmidth estimates that it can reduce the CO2 emissions per kg cement by approximately 70 % by 2030 by leveraging opportunities within existing pioneering technologies, innovation projects and early-stage R&D. To achieve this, FLSmidth is developing solutions such as blending clinker with alternative materials, exploring the use of new types of cements and providing solutions to cement producers to operate 100 % alternative fuelled cement plants including waste-to-energy solutions.

In addition, FLSmidth will accelerate solutions to close the remaining gap (30 %). As these solutions do not exist today, FLSmidth will actively seek knowledge partnerships with other companies and suppliers to co-create solutions.

Towards a waterless mining process

Water is a scarce resource in many parts of the world and represents a rising cost for FLSmidth’s mining customers. The company has set a goal to offer its customers solutions that support zero water waste by 2030, building on the success of recent developments, such as its dry-stack tailings solution (DST). Utilising DST can recover up to 95 % of process water while being economically competitive with alternative water management options such as desalination, even for high tonnages.

Ambitious goals require collaborative efforts

Underlining its commitment to drive sustainable solutions, FLSmidth was among the first companies to join the GCCA’s Innovandi – Global Cement and Concrete Research Network. This new network brings together the cement and concrete industry with scientific institutions to drive and support global innovation with actionable research. Its aims to decisively build on the industry’s sustainability progress with the focus on reducing emissions and achieving better use of alternative fuels.

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