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UK’s first net-zero cement works one step closer

Government’s Phase-2 cluster sequencing programme marks another step forward for Padeswood CCS project

HANSON UK have today progressed to the due diligence and negotiation phase in their bid to install carbon-capture technology at their Padeswood cement works, in Flintshire, through the Government’s Phase-2 cluster sequencing programme.

The announcement represents another important step forward for the construction sector in its ambition to reach net zero. If funding is confirmed, this project will deliver the first net-zero cement works in the UK, placing Padeswood and Hanson at the forefront of the industry’s transition to a low-carbon future – helping decarbonize North Wales and beyond.


The Phase-2 cluster sequencing programme, funded through the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, is part of the Government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution and follows the recent £20 billion funding announcement for the early development of carbon-capture and storage (CCS) projects.

The development of CCS at Padeswood will reduce embodied carbon in infrastructure and building projects around the UK, and create 54 new, full-time, highly skilled roles, as well as 350 additional jobs during construction. When operational, the plant will capture 800,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year – the equivalent of taking 320,000 cars off the road.

Hanson say that over the last decade they have invested heavily in their Padeswood site, and others around the country, as part of their commitment to reaching net zero by 2050, and that this proposed CCS project further demonstrates the company’s commitment to decarbonizing its business to the benefit of the construction industry as a whole.

Simon Willis, Hanson’s chief executive officer, said: ‘I would like to thank the Government and all of those that supported us in our bid to receive funding, which will enable us to help decarbonize the construction industry and meet our overall ambition to become a net-zero business.

‘This global exemplar project will provide net-zero construction materials for major projects across the country, from new offshore wind farms and nuclear power stations, to clean transport infrastructure.’

Hanson’s plans at Padeswood are part of the HyNet North West decarbonization cluster, which aims to create the world’s first low-carbon industrial cluster through its development of a hydrogen and CCS project. For more information on the project, visit: