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FLSmidth launch sustainability programme, MissionZero

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Central to MissionZero is FLSmidth’s focus on enabling its customers in cement and mining to move towards zero emissions in 2030. The company hopes to 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 and manage zero emissions mining processes.

“With economic growth, urbanisation and growing populations comes the demand for infrastructure, such as housing, schools, hospitals and roads. Added to this, modern conveniences such as air conditioning, appliances and smart phones are high in demand, and renewable energy options such as electric cars, wind and solar energy are looked to as the future. All of that requires cement and minerals, and demand will only continue to rise. Today, we launch MissionZero to seize the opportunity to increase production, and at the same time drive emissions towards zero,” said Thomas Schulz, Group CEO, FLSmidth.

FLSmidth estimates that it can reduce the CO2 emissions per kg of 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 said to be 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 hopes to accelerate solutions to close the remaining gap (30%). As these solutions do not exist today, FLSmidth will aim to actively seek knowledge partnerships with other companies and suppliers to co-create solutions.

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 upon recent developments, such as its dry-stack tailings solution (DST).

FLSmidth have also joined 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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