HeidelbergCement and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) have signed an agreement on a three-year collaboration to exchange scientific and technical knowledge. A new Memorandum of Understanding aims to encourage beneficial knowledge exchange in areas related to CO2 emission reduction, avoidance and recovery as well as driving innovation.
“We are delighted to be partnering with EMBL, one of the world’s leading research institutions for molecular biology, to jointly explore innovative approaches to fight climate change,” said Dr. Bernd Scheifele, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement. “This will further strengthen our competence and our commitment to reduce the environmental footprint of our business.”
HeidelbergCement and EMBL will focus their collaborative activities on the coordination of conferences and workshops, bringing international experts to EMBL’s Advanced Training Center to learn about and debate these important research areas. Meetings will also be initiated that bring together experts from both organizations to develop ideas, action plans and sustainable business practices. During the three-year period, HeidelbergCement and EMBL will also explore further areas for mutually beneficial collaborations.
“Climate change is an incredibly pressing issue” said Prof. Matthias W. Hentze, EMBL director. “The science underpinning it is complex and we need the best scientists worldwide to put their heads together to look for innovative solutions. Building on our strong network of internationally leading scientists, EMBL will help facilitate this collaboration and promote discussion between experts.”
In order to reduce its environmental footprint, HeidelbergCement has already pledged to lower specific CO2 emissions by 30 percent by 2030 in comparison to 1990 levels.