2.A.1 - Cement Production

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Category Code Method AD EF
2.A.1 T1 AS CS
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D Default
T1 Tier 1 / Simple Methodology *
T2 Tier 2*
T3 Tier 3 / Detailed Methodology *
CS Country Specific
M Model
* as described in the EMEP/EEA Emission Inventory Guidebook - 2019, in the group specific chapters.
AD - Data Source for Activity Data
NS National Statistics
RS Regional Statistics
IS International Statistics
PS Plant Specific data
As Associations, business organisations
Q specific Questionnaires (or surveys)
M Model / Modelled
C Confidential
EF - Emission Factors
D Default (EMEP Guidebook)
C Confidential
CS Country Specific
PS Plant Specific data
M Model / Modelled

The remarks below refer to production of cement clinkers and clinker grinding (only relevant as a source for particulate matter). The clinker-burning with intensive use of energy emits climate-relevant gases. CO₂ accounts for the great majority of these emissions, but heavy metals are important too.


Activity data

cement clinker

Activity data are determined via summation of figures for individual plants (until 1994, activity data were determined on the basis of data of the official member association BDZ). As of 1995, following optimisation of data collection within the association, activity data were compiled by the German Cement Works Association (VDZ), and by its VDZ research institute (located in Düsseldorf), via surveys of German cement plants. The data are supplemented with data for plants that are not BDZ members (in part, also VDZ estimates).

For internal reasons within the association, the data for the years from 2015 onwards is not available from the VDZ. Instead, the cement clinker specification is based on aggregated plant specific ETS-data of DEHSt. A comparison for the years 2005-2014 showed a good correlation between information of the European Emissions Trading (ETS) and the cement clinker production data of the VDZ. So, the cement clinker information from 2015 onwards is based on aggregated data of ETS. All companies are required to report production data within the framework of CO₂-ETS. The EU monitoring guidelines for emissions trading specify a maximum accuracy of 2.5%. Furthermore CKD was taken into account. According to the VDZ, the share of bypass dust in clinker production was between 1% and 2% between 2009 and 2016. For the inclusion as an activity rate, it can be assumed that the share was 2 % from 2009 onwards, for time before only 1%.

grinded cement

This figure is provided by VDZ, but calculated with statistical Data 1)

Emission factors

The emission factors used for emissions calculation are based on figures from research projects 2)+3) as well as from expert judgements.

In the German cement industry, dust separated from clinker burning exhaust gas is returned to the burning process. As a result, there is no need to take account of significant losses of particles via the exhaust-gas pathway. - On the other hand, particulate matter emissions occur during clinker grinding.

EF for Hg is good to aggregated figures for individual plants of PRTR-reporting.

Table 1: Overview of applied emission factors for the year 2019 (or latest available)

Name of Category EF Unit Trend
NOx clinker burning 0.51 kg/t falling
SO2 0.27 kg/t falling
NMVOC 0.046 (2013) kg/t constant
NH3 0.044 kg/t falling
Hg 0.026 g/t falling
Pb 0.0092 g/t falling
Cd 0.001 g/t falling
PCB 28.0 (2004) µg/t constant
PCDD 0.0035 µg/t falling
B(a)P * 1.0 (2004) mg/t constant
PAH-16 * * 240.0 (2004) mg/t constant
TSP clinker grinding 0.022 kg/t falling
PM10 0.022 kg/t falling
PM2.5 0.018 kg/t falling

* The data for PAH 1-4 in NFR-Tables only shows the sum of the available 1-4 PAHs, in this case only of BaP.

* * Outside NFR-Tables a different PAH mixture is known, as a result of research for EPA-PAH (PAH16-Standard).

Emissions of HCB are not applicable according to a research result. The table of EF is related to two different AD sets. For purposes of the most pollutants the AD is burnt clinker. For purposes of emission estimation of PM the AD is grinded clinker (included further materials as domestic burnt clinker). NFR tables could provide only one AD (burnt clinker).

All trends in emissions correspond to trends of emission factors in table above. No rising trends are to identify.

Emission trends in NFR 2.A.1


Recalculations were necessary due to updated emission factors for all years. The significant changes can be shown as an absolute difference over time as follows:

Recalculations in NFR 2.A.1

But since data for PAH 1-4 in NFR-Tables only shows the sum of the available four PAHs, only BaP and the value for PAH 1-4 have decreased strongly. Please see the EF chapter, too.

For pollutant-specific information on recalculated emission estimates for Base Year and 2020, please see the pollutant specific recalculation tables following chapter 8.1 - Recalculations.

Planned improvements

No improvements are planned at the moment.

1) Sum of two Statistical-IDs: GP19-235112100 and GP19-235112900
2) ReFoPlan FKZ_370742301_03: „Bereitstellung einer qualitätsgesicherten Datengrundlage für die Emissionsberichterstattung zur Umsetzung von internationalen Luftreinhalte- und Klimaschutzvereinbarungen für ausgewählte Industriebranchen : Teilvorhaben 03:Zementindustrie“, available https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat04356a&AN=fuu.02331791&lang=de&site=eds-live
3) ReFoPlan FKZ – 3719 52 1010: „Überarbeitung der Emissionsfaktoren für Luftschadstoffe in den Branchen Zementklinkerproduktion und Glasherstellung”, available https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/publikationen/ueberarbeitung-der-emissionsfaktoren-fuer-0