Lime is a natural, important but sometimes overlooked part of our everyday lives. We need lime to treat the water we drink and to remove harmful flue gases from the air. We also need it to enrich the soils we cultivate and to protect our waterways against acidification. Lime is also found in one form or another in many of the foods we consume.
In the iron and steel industry, lime is required to remove impurities and to protect the steel against oxidation. It is also used in paper production and mining. As part of the green transition, lime is necessary for the production of materials such as green steel and green cellulose.
Lime is also an important ingredient in functioning infrastructure. Our roads are coated with asphalt, using lime as a filler and an adhesive to bind bitumen to the aggregate. Lime-based stabilisers are also used for ground stabilisation and to make it possible to build homes and roads even in areas where the ground conditions are tough. The construction industry uses lime products in cement and concrete, and for producing roofing felt.