Vattenfall pledges to buy near-zero cement

It’s looking to make 10% of its concrete low carbon by 2030

Net Hero Podcast

Vattenfall has announced that by 2030, at least 10% of the concrete it uses will be ‘near-zero carbon’.

The company is a founding member of the First Movers Coalition – a partnership made to share innovations on decarbonising transport and material industries.

To cut the carbon footprint of its cement, Vattenfall is considering various options including carbon capture, renewables, fuel switching, decarbonised raw materials and alternative cement chemistries.

The business has stated that 80% of its carbon emissions from good purchases are generated by concrete, steel and other building materials – which makes them a critical area to tackle; to cut their carbon footprint.

Annika Ramsköld, Vice President Sustainability, Vattenfall, said: “The hardest to abate sectors can go carbon-free by 2050 at a cost of less than 1% of global GDP if it is possible to make clean technologies affordable across their supply chains.

“Vattenfall is already working on initiatives to reduce emissions from use of concrete and other materials. To do that we aim at creating fossil free value chains, all the way from extracting the raw material, the use of energy during manufacturing until a ready product is available and later recycled or reused at end of life.”