The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has formed a research network which it says connects the industry with scientific institutions to find new ways of working.
The Innovandi Global Cement and Concrete Research Network will aim to build on the industry’s sustainability progress such as achieving an 18.3% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) per tonne of cementitious product since 1990 and increasing the use of alternative fuels eight-fold in that same timeframe.
Speaking at the GCCA annual conference in Singapore, Benjamin Sporton said: “Together we will truly collaborate on a global scale and use our expertise to find new ways of working and developing effective innovations. This will really help to ensure that concrete becomes the sustainable building material of choice for the future needs of the world.”
The network intends to research areas of process technology including the impact of co-processing, efficiency of clinker production and implementation of CCUS/ technologies and products. This will include the impact of clinker substitutes and alternative binders in concrete, low carbon concrete technology and improve the understanding of CO2 reduction through re-carbonation.
As part of the new initiative, the GCCA plans to establish an annual Innovandi global conference to promote collaboration and research.
Companies involved in the initiative include Buzzi Unicem, Cementir Holding, Cementos Argos, Cementos Molins, Cementos Pacasmayo, Cemento Progresso S.A., Cemex, CNBM, Chryso, CRH, Dalmia Cement, FLSmidth A/S, Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua de CV (GCC), GCP Applied Technologies, Mapei, HeidelbergCement, LafargeHolcim, Nesher Israel Enterprises, SCG Cement, Titan Cement, Refratechnik Cement, Sika Technology, Subote New Materials and Votorantim.