About us

Leilac was born from environmental technology company, Calix to solve one of humanity’s greatest global challenges: decarbonising cement and lime to accelerate the transition to a carbon neutral world.

Origins

Leilac’s origins began in 2014 when Calix’s unique, indirectly heated calcination technology was patented for application in lime and cement. Over the following two years, Calix formed key partnerships with industry and academia to create and lead the first Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement project, Leilac-1.

2014

Calix builds commercial-scale reactor separating CO₂ from magnesium minerals.

2015

Calix forms a consortium with key partners to apply the technology to cement & lime.

2016

Leilac-1, a pilot project at Heidelberg Materials in Belgium starts.

Leilac-1

Rigorous collaborative research and development, commencing in 2016, supported by €12m in funding from the European Union’s (EU) Horizon 2020 programme, led to the opening of a pilot plant, Leilac-1 in 2019. Located at the Heidelberg Materials (formerly HeidelbergCement) plant in Lixhe, Belgium, Leilac-1 successfully demonstrated separation of unavoidable process emissions from cement and lime production, with no additional chemicals or processes.

2019

Leilac-1 pilot plant officially opens on time & budget, & proves technology works for cement & lime. CO₂ capture capacity – 25,000tpa.

2020

Work commences on Leilac-2, a demonstration plant, as a scalable module, to be integrated into the Heidelberg Materials plant in Hanover, Germany. Targeted CO₂ capture capacity – 100,000tpa.

Leilac-2

With ongoing support from partners in industry and academia, and an additional €16m in funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, Leilac-2 commenced in 2020. Once retrofitted to the Heidelberg Materials operational plant in Hanover, Germany, Leilac-2 aims to demonstrate a technology that can abate unavoidable CO₂ process emissions for the cement and lime industries at the lowest cost. It also aims to develop a module that can be applied at any scale.

Today

Today, Leilac has been formed to rapidly commercialise and deploy the Leilac technology. It seeks to set the benchmark for the sustainable decarbonisation of cement and lime, with new carbon abatement projects in development across the globe. Its retrofittable modular design is being developed to scale to capture all of the unavoidable process emissions from any plant, while its potential to operate on a variety of energy sources – including electricity and alternative fuels – provides flexible and economical pathways to a carbon neutral world.

2021

Leilac Technology Roadmap to 2050 details economical pathways to sustainable cement and lime.

2022

World’s first commercial-scale process for near-zero emissions lime commences with Adbri in Australia.

2022

Carbon abatement project for cement and lime commences with Boral in Australia.

2014

Calix builds commercial-scale reactor separating CO₂ from magnesium minerals.

2015

Calix forms a consortium with key partners to apply the technology to cement & lime.

2016

Leilac-1, a pilot project at Heidelberg Materials in Belgium starts.

2019

Leilac-1 pilot plant officially opens on time & budget, & proves technology works for cement & lime. CO₂ capture capacity – 25,000tpa.

2020

Work commences on Leilac-2, a demonstration plant, as a scalable module, to be integrated into the Heidelberg Materials plant in Hanover, Germany. Targeted CO₂ capture capacity – 100,000tpa.

2021

Leilac Technology Roadmap to 2050 details economical pathways to sustainable cement and lime.

2022

World’s first commercial-scale process for near-zero emissions lime commences with Adbri in Australia.

2022

Carbon abatement project for cement and lime commences with Boral in Australia.

Leilac is the collaborative decarbonisation technology partner seeking to equip cement and lime producers with the tools to take urgent action against climate change and protect their industries’ jobs and prosperity.

Together, we can achieve the rapid creation of sustainable cement and lime for industry, humanity and our planet.

Leilac Technology Roadmap to 2050

The Paris Agreement, ratified by 192 countries, aims to limit global temperature increase to below 1.5 degrees celsius. In support of this goal, the Leilac Technology Roadmap to 2050 provides cost-effective pathways to carbon neutral industrial production of cement and lime.

Values

Leilac’s vision is the rapid creation of sustainable cement and lime for industry, global society and our planet.

Our values provide the foundation of our culture. They guide our thinking and behaviours, propelling us towards our vision.

Sense of urgency

Means we embrace the rate of change necessary to align with climate targets. We are committed to making a sustainable future a reality.

Positive impact

Is what drives us in our work, every day. We are driven to use our unique skills to prevent future harm to our planet.

Innovation

Reflects our ability to think outside the box, to challenge each other and adapt quickly to new opportunities.

Resolute

Means we are a purpose-driven company and determined to make a positive difference for the long-term.

Inclusive

Fostering a diverse and inclusive culture is not just a moral imperative, it is foundational to driving innovation and business success. Diversity is a key focus for Leilac.

Teamwork

At the core of our spirit is teamwork. We are a down-to-earth, caring, honest, ingenious and dedicated team of people working together to solve global challenges.

The transition to a carbon neutral world

Leilac’s innovation, development and partnership initiatives are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The alignment is helping to accelerate our work in delivering the transition to a carbon neutral world by decarbonising global cement and lime.

The Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The 17 Global Goals are integrated, recognising that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Leilac is committed to a journey towards sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Sustainable Development Goals
SDG9
SDG13
SDG17

People

Our people are playing a critical role in the transition to a carbon neutral world.

We are scientists, engineers, project managers and innovators. We are team players and collaborators. We are dedicating ourselves to repairing and preventing harm to our planet.

Together, we are enabling the urgent and affordable decarbonisation of global cement and lime to accelerate the transition to a carbon neutral world.

Leilac team

Executive team

Thibaud Van Den Moortel

Thibaud Van Den Moortel

EMEA Commercial and Business Development General Manager
Darren Charles

Darren Charles

Leilac CFO & Company Secretary
Emma Bowring

Emma Bowring

Leilac General Manager, Engineering
Audrey Barucchi

Audrey Barucchi

Leilac General Manager, Marketing & Communications
Daniel Rennie

Daniel Rennie

Leilac CEO

Board of directors

Eric Trusiewicz

Eric Trusiewicz

Leilac Independent Non-Executive Director
Josh Dienstag

Josh Dienstag

Leilac Non-Executive Director
Mark Sceats

Mark Sceats

Leilac Executive Director
Darren Charles

Darren Charles

Leilac Executive Director
Phil Hodgson

Phil Hodgson

Leilac Chair

Our partners

Through strong global partnerships and collaboration with industry, academia and government, Leilac is reimagining and delivering the future of cement and lime.

Together, we are creating sustainable cement and lime for industry, global society and our planet. Together, we are accelerating the transition to a carbon neutral world.

We recognise and thank each of our partners for the vital contribution they are making.

Investors

Leilac, comprising Calix (Europe) Ltd (UK) and its subsidiaries, is the exclusive licensee of Calix’s Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement (Leilac) CO2 capture technology.

In September 2021, Calix announced an investment of €15m for a 6.98% equity stake in Leilac from global decarbonisation investor, Carbon Direct Capital Management. The investment is accelerating the development and deployment of Leilac’s technology for cement and lime decarbonisation.

Following the investment, Calix continues to own the remaining 93% of Leilac.

Calix Limited (ASX:CXL) is leveraging its patented technology to solve global challenges by urgently developing great businesses that deliver positive global impact.

Founded in 2005, Calix has commercialised its unique technology to address global challenges such as, CO₂ mitigation, sustainable mineral and chemical processing, advanced batteries, biotechnology and water treatment. Leilac, a Calix subsidiary, is decarbonising cement and lime to accelerate the transition to a carbon neutral world.

With a belief that our responsibility starts at home, Calix’s vision is to become a leading global innovator of industrial solutions for the environment. Because there’s only one Earth, and it’s already ours.

Mars is for quitters.
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