The World Cement Association (WCA) has welcomed Canadian clean technology company CarbonCure as an associate corporate member of its international community.
The WCA says the membership is designed for companies which support the cement industry, such as equipment manufacturers, construction materials producers, traders, shippers and technology providers.
The association invites companies to be part of its network to help improve industry standards worldwide, and wants to highlight businesses focused on technologies designed to help the fight against climate change.
According to Robert Niven, founder of CarbonCure: “We are on a mission to reduce 500 megatonnes of CO2 emissions annually, and expanding our international network of partners and collaborators is central to helping us achieve that goal.
“The WCA’s worldwide membership and strong focus on climate change really resonated with us, so they are a great fit for our business and we really look forward to working with them in the future.”
CarbonCure injects waste carbon dioxide (CO2) captured by industrial gas suppliers into concrete during mixing to enable the production of more sustainable concrete.
According to WCA, every cubic metre of concrete made with this technology reduces an average of 17 kilograms of carbon emissions, meaning an average high-rise built with CarbonCure concrete would save approximately 680 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
New technologies under development aim to reduce a 100 kilograms of CO2 per cubic metre while creating new production cost efficiencies and eliminating plant water and solid wastes, the association adds.
WCA CEO Ian Riley says: “It’s been clear for some time that only by deploying new and innovative technologies will the cement and concrete industries be able to achieve their decarbonisation goals, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.
“CarbonCure’s technology helps ready mix concrete producers become more efficient through innovative carbon usage technology.”
CarbonCure’s technology is installed in nearly 250 concrete plants across North America and Southeast Asia, with more than 4.2 million cubic metres of concrete supplying a wide range of construction projects from airports, roads to high-rise towers.