The World Cement Association has announced that Canadian cleantech company CarbonCure has joined its international community as an Associate Corporate Member. The firm’s technology delivers improved production efficiencies and reduced-carbon concrete.
“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,” said Ian Riley, CEO at WCA. “CarbonCure’s technology helps ready mix concrete producers become more efficient through innovative carbon usage technology. I believe WCA members around the world will find this interesting in their own sustainability efforts, so we are especially pleased to be welcoming them as members.”
CarbonCure injects waste carbon dioxide (CO2) captured by industrial gas suppliers into concrete during mixing, enabling the production of stronger, more sustainable concrete. Every cubic metre of concrete made with this technology reduces an average of 17 kg of carbon emissions, meaning an average high-rise built with CarbonCure concrete would save approximately 680 t of CO₂ emissions. New technologies under development aim to reduce a 100 kg of CO2 per m3 while creating new production cost efficiencies and eliminating plant water and solid wastes.
CarbonCure’s technology is installed in nearly 250 concrete plants across North America and Southeast Asia, with more than 4.2 million m3 of concrete supplying a wide range of construction projects from airports, roads to high-rise towers.
“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,” said Robert Niven, founder and CEO of CarbonCure. “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.”
WCA’s Associate Corporate Membership is designed for companies which support the cement industry, such as equipment manufacturers, construction materials producers, traders, shippers and technology providers. Through this membership, WCA invites companies to be part of its network and together improve industry standards worldwide.