Friday, 23. August 2019

Perspectives of CO2 infrastructure in North Rhine-Westphalia

More than 90 representatives from industry, research, government and civil society gathered at the workshop “CO2-Infrastruktur in NRW” in Duesseldorf on 22 August 2019. The workshop was hosted by VDZ as part of the IN4climate.NRW initiative. It provided participants with an opportunity to discuss the prospects for the establishment of CO2 infrastructure in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany, within the context of climate protection.

The workshop took findings from various disciplines and the perspectives of different societal stakeholders into account. It dealt with the following focal areas: CO2 reduction technologies in cement and steel production, and regional and international prospects for CO2 management in NRW were presented in the “CO2 sources and sinks” subject module. This was followed by a subject module on experience with “CO2 storage and transport/infrastructure” in Germany and “Planning and legal framework conditions”. The fourth subject module of “Societal awareness and prerequisites” then dealt with the important question of the societal acceptance of CO2 transport and CO2 storage.

The European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) and VDZ have been carrying out research for the cement industry for over ten years on suitable technologies for CO2 capture. The sector is also currently involved in various so-called power-to-X projects in which the capture of CO2 and its use in the form of fuel is to be tested over the coming years.

IN4climate.NRW is a platform for industry, science and politics in NRW that is working to develop strategies for climate-neutral industry. It was initiated by Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy (MWIDE) of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. VDZ is supporting the IN4climate.NRW initiative as a link to the cement industry and is also a partner in the initiatives scientific competence centre SCI4climate.NRW.

Further information on the workshop is available in German at


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