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Our Belgian member VITO recently presented their Carbon4Minerals project at the COP28 side event ‘Energy-intensive industries: Innovative Technologies Toward Climate Neutrality’ organised by the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA).

The event highlighted the significance of energy-intensive industries in Europe’s industrial value chains which produces 17% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the EU (2019), identifying the need for these industries to shift towards renewable energies and hydrogen in substituting fossil resources. This session explored notable contributions of initiatives from the H2020 and Horizon Europe programmes, foregrounding breakthrough research and innovation on defossilisation technologies – including carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), energy efficient processes, electrification combined with renewables, and green hydrogen use.

Carbon4Minerals project was one of the three Horizon Europe projects featured at this COP28 side event, indicative of the European Commission’s recognition of VITO’s work, with Liesbeth Horckmans, Katleen Engelbosch, Jurgen Tiedje, Javier Díaz-Maroto, and Angela Nunes as speakers.

Carbon4Minerals is a research project developing innovative technologies on CCU within carbon-negative construction products. The project addresses the simultaneous use of CO₂ from industrial flue gases with current and future waste streams to release a vast stock of resources for the innovative production of low carbon building material intermediates and construction end-products.

Please watch the recording of this event here.