CerCO2 – the CO2 Emission Simulation Tool for the Ceramic Industry
Ceramics manufacturing is energy intensive and the ceramic industry is subject to regulatory policies and strong controls on greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for climate change. European policies seek to reduce these emissions by 20 % and by 40 % in 2020 and 2040, respectively, and by 83 % to 87 % in 2050, compared to 1990, for all industrial sectors. ITC-AICE has developed CerCO2, a CO2 emission simulation tool, which it places at the service of ceramic tile manufacturing companies. The tool simulates the CO2 emissions that a ceramic tile would have upon implementation of CO2 emission abatement measures. The CerCO2 tool enables ceramic tile manufacturers to conduct foresight studies to rapidly and efficiently evaluate different technology scenarios for decision making on investments and adaptation to a low-carbon economy, while concurrently complying with the objectives set by the European Commission regarding climate change.