SOLID LIFE - "Solidia low CO2 cement : from cement production to precast industry"

LIFE15 CCM/FR/000116

Project description   Environmental issues   Beneficiaries   Administrative data   Read more   Print   PDF version  

Contact details:

Contact person: Vincent Meyer
Tel: 33664715941
Email: vincent.meyer@lafargeholcim.com

Project description:


The cement industry is energy intensive and produces significant quantities of greenhouse gases. It accounted for 2-2.5 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions in 2013, or 6.5% of the estimated total worldwide anthropogenic emissions of 37 gigatonnes (source: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency). Some 60% of the CO2 emissions in cement manufacturing are generated during the high temperature transformation of limestone, a process known as ‘decarbonation’.

The EU has set itself a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and a long-term goal of reducing emissions by 80-95% by 2050. Aware of the environmental impacts, cement producers have already taken major measures to reduce cement production-related CO2 emissions, However, such approaches are reaching their limits. The industry must develop new products and technologies that mitigate CO2 emissions in order for it to meet the requirements of EU climate change mitigation policy and to contribute to the transition towards a low emission and climate-resilient economy.


The SOLID LIFE project aims to demonstrate that it is feasible to produce low-emission cement and concrete products at industrial scale in existing industrial installations. The new products will have equivalent cost, superior performance and a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional Portland cement within existing industrial installations.

This new products will make use of a low-calcite and non-hydraulic binder called Solidia, which has been under development by the project beneficiary since 2013 and subject to testing in Germany, Hungary and the USA.

The project aims to validate the CO2 savings observed at laboratory scale, through pilot-scale and industrial trials in real cement production facilities, and then in precasting facilities requiring adapted curing chambers with CO2 input. The project also aims to increase stakeholders’ awareness of the potential emissions reductions and climate action benefits, in line with European policy targets.

Expected results: The project expects to achieve the following results:

  • The successful production of 10 000 tonnes of good quality Solidia cement at industrial plants using similar raw materials to those used for conventional cements (pilot tests of between five and eight new cement recipes);
  • The Solidia cement will be tested in industrial-scale concrete precast applications to validate environmental, technical and economic properties;
  • Expected benefits for the precaster industry include faster strength acquisition (the same resistance level after one day of curing as after 28 days for Ordinary Portland Cement, avoidance of efflorence (white aspect on surface of cement) and the ability to indefinitely reuse all waste concrete (prior to carbonation) because no hydration reaction occurs with the new binder;
  • A 70% reduction in CO2 emissions;
  • A communication strategy targeting the cement production chain, the general public and policymakers. Targeted audiences will be informed about the new method of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the cement industry; and
  • The commercial rollout of cement produced using the Solidia binder as part of broader efforts to support CO2 reduction planning within the European Union.



Environmental issues addressed:


Climate change Mitigation - GHG reduction in EU ETS sectors
Climate change Mitigation - Renewable energies


energy efficiency‚  emission reduction

Target EU Legislation

  • Industry and Product Policy
  • Directive 2010/75 - Industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control) (24.11.201 ...
  • Climate Change & Energy efficicency
  • COM(2011)112 - "A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050" (08.03.2011)
  • Directive 2012/27 - Energy efficiency (25.10.2012)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator OR Lafarge Centre de Recherche
Type of organisation Research institution
Description Lafarge Centre de Recherche is a leading global research and development facility for new solutions and innovations in the cement and concrete sector. The centre is the research and development hub of the new LafargeHolcim group, created by the merger of Lafarge and Holcim in 2015.
Partners Lafarge Cement S.A., Poland Lafarge Zementwerke GmbH, Austria Building Research Establishment Limited, United Kingdom SOLIDIA TECHNOLOGIES, United States LafargeHolcim Cement Industrial Performance - IPS (TCEA), France


Project reference LIFE15 CCM/FR/000116
Duration 15-JUN-2016 to 30-APR -2019
Total budget 3,830,320.00 €
EU contribution 2,196,012.00 €
Project location Burgenland(Österreich) Niederösterreich(Österreich) Wien(Österreich) Kärnten(Österreich) Steiermark(Österreich) Oberösterreich(Österreich) Salzburg(Österreich) Tirol(Österreich) Vorarlberg(Österreich) Vlaams Gewest(België - Belgique) Région Wallonne(België - Belgique) Bruxelles-Brussel(België - Belgique) Praha(Czech Cesko) Stredni Cechy(Czech Cesko) Jihozapad(Czech Cesko) Severozapad(Czech Cesko) Severovychod(Czech Cesko) Jihovychod(Czech Cesko) Stredni Morava(Czech Cesko) Moravskoslezsko(Czech Cesko) Extra-Regio(Czech Cesko) Associated Czech (CZ)(Czech Cesko) Île,de,France(France) Champagne-Ardennes(France) Picardie(France) Haute-Normandie(France) Centre(France) Basse-Normandie(France) Bourgogne(France) Nord-Pas-De-Calais(France) Lorraine(France) Alsace(France) Franche-Comté(France) Pays de la Loire(France) Bretagne(France) Poitou-Charentes(France) Aquitaine(France) Midi-Pyrénées(France) Limousin(France) Rhône-Alpes(France) Auvergne(France) Languedoc-Roussillon(France) Provence-Alpes-Côte d' Azur(France) Corse(France) Guadeloupe(France) Martinique(France) Guyane(France) Réunion(France) Kozep-Magyarorszag(Hungary Magyarország) Kozep-Dunantul(Hungary Magyarország) Nyugat-Dunantul(Hungary Magyarország) Del-Dunantul(Hungary Magyarország) Eszak-Magyarorszag(Hungary Magyarország) Eszak-Alfold(Hungary Magyarország) Del-Alfold(Hungary Magyarország) Extra-Regio(Hungary Magyarország) Associated Hungary (H)(Hungary Magyarország) Lodzkie(Poland Polska) Mazowieckie(Poland Polska) Malopolskie(Poland Polska) Slaskie(Poland Polska) Lubelskie(Poland Polska) Podkarpackie(Poland Polska) Swietokrzyskie(Poland Polska) Podlaskie(Poland Polska) Wielkopolskie(Poland Polska) Zachodniopomorskie(Poland Polska) Lubuskie(Poland Polska) Dolnoslaskie(Poland Polska) Opolskie(Poland Polska) Kujawsko-Pomorskie(Poland Polska) Warminsko-Mazurskie(Poland Polska) Pomorskie(Poland Polska) Extra-Regio(Poland Polska) Associated Poland (PL)(Poland Polska) North(United Kingdom) Yorkshire and Humberside(United Kingdom) East Midlands(United Kingdom) East Anglia(United Kingdom) South East (UK)(United Kingdom) South West (UK)(United Kingdom) West Midlands(United Kingdom) North West (UK)(United Kingdom) Wales(United Kingdom) Scotland(United Kingdom) Northern Ireland(United Kingdom) Gibraltar(United Kingdom)


Read more:

Project web site Project's website


Project description   Environmental issues   Beneficiaries   Administrative data   Read more   Print   PDF version