#GreenJobs - Julia Kramer revolutionizes the cement industry with the CI4C team
The daily work routine of a climate officer
Sustainability is a current topic of interest and intense discussion. Everyone is trying to do their part in the green transformation. In industry in particular, a lot still needs to happen for a successful energy transition. Julia Kramer, project engineer at thyssenkrupp Polysius, knows this too. She has been working for thyssenkrupp Polysius since 2015 in the area of purchasing and handling process equipment for a wide range of projects in cement production.
One of her tasks is to ensure that coordination between customers and the relevant departments is as transparent as possible. Equipment for construction projects and costs have to be calculated, and Julia always tries to meet customer requirements while remaining economical. Through constant exchange with customers and suppliers, Julia is the communication key between customers and the different departments of thyssenkrupp Polysius. She pays particular attention to the sustainability aspect - an aspect that will become increasingly relevant within the cement industry in the coming years.
The cement industry - hope for a sustainable future?
7% of all CO₂ emissions worldwide are produced by the cement industry. That's a lot considering how many different industries exist. In order to remain competitive and sustainable, the cement industry must reduce emissions. "We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy and resource consumption in cement production as quickly as we can," cautions Julia Kramer. The new polysius® pure oxyfuel pilot plant is designed to help produce more sustainable cement.
CI4C- The key to green cement production
As part of the CI4C project, thyssenkrupp was commissioned to build a polysius® pure oxyfuel pilot plant. This will collect CO₂ from cement production - also known as "concentrate" - capture it and make it usable for other technologies. A project that is very close to Julia's heart: "I was involved in the planning right from the start and intensively supervised the project," the expert tells us. She was in constant contact with customers and suppliers and defined solutions to problems that arose. Together with her team, she defined the required equipment, clarified all framework conditions and, together with her team, created an initial 3D model of the polysius® pure oxyfuel furnace system.
"This often presented us with challenges because the new pilot plant is significantly smaller than others. That's why we had to rethink a lot of things, of course, because the equipment also had to be smaller. Finding new solutions is what I enjoy most about my job," says Kramer.
#GreenJobs are more than just a job
Driving the green transformation motivates Julia Kramer anew every day. "The constant negotiations, especially in the international arena, make up a particularly exciting part of her day-to-day job. "Every day we master new challenges, so no two days are the same," Kramer laughs. For her, the CI4C initiative is a good step toward the future and a sustainable cement industry. Nevertheless, Julia is clear that a lot still needs to be done in the coming years: "In the future, there will and must be more focus on environmental aspects in the cement industry. Globally, too, there needs to be much more focus on CO₂ reduction in the industry. Sustainability concerns each and every one of us," the expert is convinced.
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