Cement manufacture is an energy and carbon-intensive process and the UK cement industry is playing its part in the fight to tackle climate change.
Sixty per cent of carbon dioxide (CO2) arising directly from cement manufacturing comes from the decomposition of limestone when it is burned in cement kilns, the remaining 40 per cent coming from the kiln fuel used. Smaller amounts are produced by transport and distribution and the generation of electricity used by the industry.
Since 1998, the industry’s CO2 emissions have been cut by 21%. By 2012, 6 million tonnes less of the greenhouse gas was being produced.