As a frontrunner in the sector, Twence makes an important contribution to the achievement of the sustainability goals of its regional shareholders. The CCU Project – the large-scale capture of CO2 and its reuse in a wide range of useful applications – is one of the strategic projects used to achieve these goals. This way waste is transformed into raw materials and cycles are closed. On 18 March, a new project milestone was reached with the submission of the Phase 1 permit application. This concerns an application for an environmental permit and a permit in the context of the Nature Conservation Act.
Twence has acquired experience with the CO2 capture and reuse methodology since 2014. The methodology is currently being applied on a small scale using an innovative pilot plant, which converts CO2 into sodium carbonate for in-house use (for scrubbing flue gases). With the CCU Project, initiated in 2017, Twence is taking a ground-breaking next step in scaling up this process. The plan calls for a plant to be built and commissioned within three years for the capture of 100,000 tonnes of CO2 from the flue gases of one of the incineration lines. The CO2 is subsequently made available for reuse within Twence and beyond, such as in the horticultural sector, for the production of formic acid (energy carrier) or construction materials. The submission of this permit application represents an important step in the realisation of this project.