News – Is a Circular Economy the solution to reaching Net-Zero?

The UK Government backs the development of a new technology with the potential to deliver dramatic reduction of CO2 emissions from UK heavy industry.


Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd (CCC) has won the first phase of a UK Research and Innovation competition to pilot its game-changing CO


CCC’s trial will be supported by Dreadnought Tiles, which has been making clay tiles in the UK since 1805 and leading construction solutions company, Tarmac.


The project is set to involve the capture of CO2 and NOx emissions from a clay roof tile kiln at Dreadnought Tiles’ production facility in Dudley and convert it into a solid mineral by-product which will be made into concrete blocks at Tarmac’s facility in Wolverhampton. If successful, the second phase of the project would involve the construction of a building made from the captured CO2.


CCC’s CO2LOC technology converts CO2 into construction materials but also produces silica and metals such as Nickel and Cobalt, metals needed to produce the batteries for electric vehicles and mobile phones. The combined revenues from the sale of these by-products is more than the cost of capturing the CO2, making it possible to capture and permanently sequester CO2 for a profit.


A successful pilot of CO2LOC technology would encourage further support for the development and scale up of a technology which could offer an economically viable zero emissions solution across many industrial sectors. This would be especially important for industrial facilities located a distance away from proposed carbon capture and storage infrastructure, enabling them to meet zero emissions targets economically, ensuring they can continue operations at these plants past 2050.







Fit with UK Industrial Strategy:


Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) will need to form a key pillar of efforts to put the world on the path to net-zero emissions. A net-zero energy system requires a profound transformation in how we produce and use energy that can only be achieved with a broad suite of technologies. Alongside electrification, hydrogen and sustainable bioenergy, CCUS will need to play a major role. It is the only group of technologies that contributes both to reducing emissions in key sectors directly and to removing CO2 to balance emissions that cannot be avoided – a critical part of ‘net’ zero goals.


The funding will be provided through the Government’s modern industrial strategy by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. The Sustainable Innovation Fund (SBRI) Phase 1 provides funding to carry out a feasibility study to deliver a technology demonstration project in Phase 2 of the competition.


Michael Evans, CEO of Cambridge Carbon Capture says:


“Through this project, we aim to demonstrate a route to making CO2 sequestration profitable. This would unlock significant investment, delivering a technology which could make a sizeable contribution to the UK reaching its emissions reduction goals.”



Alex Patrick-Smith, CEO of Dreadnought Tiles says:


“This exciting project has the potential to turn our CO2 emissions, from a cost and a major challenge for our business, into a value added and a path to help achieve nett zero targets.”




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