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Tech company breaks ground on world's first cement plant that captures 100% of its air pollution



Germany-based international tech company recently began building what will be the world's first carbon-neutral cement plants. These could be the next big thing in the fight against rising global temperatures.The facilities, located in Lägerdorf, Germany, will utilize "pure oxyfuel" technology developed by experts at Thyssenkrupp Decarbon Technologies. According to Interesting Engineering, this process uses pure oxygen in lieu of ambient air during the combustion process, which will help capture nearly 100% of the carbon dioxide produced."That shows once again that the future is climate-neutral," said Daniel Günther, Minister-President of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, per Interesting Engineering.Cetin Nazikkol, chief strategy officer at Thyssenkrupp Decarbon Technologies, told the publication that the company is looking to expand the technology and is already supplying equipment and services to about one-third of cement plants across the globe.Globally, cement production accounts for as much as 9% of global carbon pollution, Interesting Engineering reported, citing an article from Scientific American. Carbon dioxide is a planet-heating gas, and reducing pollution will help us protect communities from the worst impacts of a warming world. According to the United Nations, these include hotter temperatures, more severe storms, increased droughts and disease, rising ocean levels, species loss, food insecurity, poverty, and displacement.For instance, unseasonably high temperatures coupled with severe drought have crushed olive harvests on the Iberian Peninsula, devastating farmers and causing global olive oil prices to spike. Meanwhile, the Midwest region of the United States suffered an abnormally active fire season in the early months of 2024 because of a warmer-than-average, dry winter.
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  • Ann Nyambura

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    An exciting development!

    • George Kariuki

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      This is a game-changer for the fight against climate change. This is the kind of innovation we need.

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      • Elizabeth Gathigia

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        It's great to see company like thyssenkrupp take responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint, other companies should learn from this

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        • Munene Mugambi

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          Large construction & tech companies should adopt carbon capture technologies like Thyssenkrupp's, as it can drastically reduce global emissions from industrial processes. This will accelerate climate action, protect communities from severe climate impacts, and lead the way toward a sustainable, climate-neutral future.

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          • Joseph Githinji

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            This is a great milestone in reducing carbon footprint in our cement industries. I hope more industries will adopt this new system in the future.

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            • Munene Mugambi

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              @joseph_githinji The cement and construction industry are large polluters and we would all greatly benefit from them adopting such forward thinking plans to cut on emissions

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            • Marine Stephan

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              Impressive! Type to scale up and use this is all cement plants!

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              • Munene Mugambi

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                @marine_stephan Agreed. A collaboration between these cement plants and tech companies can lead to development of such technology and even better ones to help solve climate issues from their own point.

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              • Edwin wangombe

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                wow... this is nice... its time for industries allover the world to adopt to this type of system and reduce their pollution levels and carbon footprint

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                • Joseph Githinji

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                  @edwin_wangombe This is a great standard to set for other industries around the globe.

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                  • Jane Wangui

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                    @edwin_wangombe This is what we call responsibility of ones actions.

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                  • walter lungayi

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                    This represents a significant technological breakthrough with far-reaching environmental implications. This innovation has the potential to drive decarbonization within an industry that has historically struggled with reducing its carbon footprint.

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                    • Joseph Githinji

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                      @walter_lungayi A major way to create a net zero environment now and in the near future.

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                    • Sarah Chabane

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                      Super interesting!

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