Lhoist at the forefront of lime decarbonation

The Chaux et Dolomies du Boulonnais company, a subsidiary of the Lhoist group in Rety (Pas-de-Calais). Sebastien JARRY/PHOTOPQR/VOICE DU NORTH/MAXPPP

The Belgian group, which owns 4 of the 50 French sites with the highest CO2 emissions, signed a roadmap with the government on Monday.

This Monday morning, Roland Lescure, the minister delegate in charge of industry, will sign the first “decarbonization” roadmap with the operator of four factories that are among the 50 industrial sites with the highest CO2 emissions. And it is not the best known of industrialists who are at the forefront of decarbonization. The Lhoist group is a Belgian family company, created in 1889. It has been present on French soil since 1926 and its activity has not evolved: it produces lime. A material whose name is known, but the use much less.

Some remember that we are talking about lime plasters, used in high-end construction. The most important outlet, however, is in the steel industry, which represents 30% of Lhoist’s activity, where its use is essential to remove impurities in the iron ladles used to manufacture steel. But the use of lime is much broader. It makes water drinkable, treats…

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