Stork M., Meinderstma W., Overgaag, M., Neelis M. (2014): A Competitive and Efficient Lime Industry, Cornerstone for a Sustainable Europe (Lime Roadmap)


Launch of the roadmap

On the 03rd of December 2014, EuLA organised a breakfast meeting with the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” in order to launch its roadmap. The event was co-hosted by MEP Peter Liese (Member of the EP Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) and MEP Paul Rübig (Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Co-Chair of the “Research & Innovation” Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”).

The following documents were presented:


Increasing carbon constraints towards 2050 invite the European lime industry to look for ways to become even more CO2 -efficient, while maintaining its global competitiveness.

This Roadmap 2050 regards improved energy efficiency and fuel switch (from fossil solid fuels to gas or biomass) and concludes that these options have limited impact. Two-third of all carbon emissions in lime production are released from the raw material during the production process and can be reduced by Carbon Capture and Storage or Utilization, for which the business case needs to improve to become attractive.

In a Europe with increasing pressure on CO2 emission, the competitiveness of the lime industry needs special attention, particularly in the framework of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS). Unilateral EU pressure on CO2 emissions from the manufacturing industry could reduce both the EU demand for lime (in case of carbon leakage in customer sectors) and the share of the remaining EU demand that is produced in the EU.


Communication document (Summary and main findings) of the technical report produced by Ecofys (Competitive and Efficient Lime Industry: Cornerstone for a Sustainable Europe).


Presentation from Michiel Stork (Ecofys) made during the presentation event hosted at the European Parliament by MEP Peter Liese and MEP Paul Rübig on 03rd December 2014.