The world's most common building material becomes carbon neutral

The world’s most common building material becomes carbon neutral

Blue Planet, the developers of a carbon-negative closed-loop concrete process has officially partnered with Kamine Development Corporation Sustainable Infrastructure, a family run business, that is dedicated to building a scalable infrastructure to solve the critical challenge of climate change and improve sustainability globally. The partnership will scale and deploy Blue Planet’s revolutionary carbon sequestering technology worldwide.

Each year the world uses approximately 4 billion tons of concrete as it is the world’s most common building material. Unfortunately, the cement component in concrete’s production process also emits a tremendous amount of CO2 in its production. According to reports, the cement industry is responsible for nearly 8% of global annual emissions and if the cement industry was a country it would be third in emissions behind the US and China.

The cement production process requires a tremendous amount of fossil fuels to heat the kiln to around 2,000 degrees, equating to every ton of cement manufactured emitting about one ton of CO2. Concrete is composed primarily of sand and gravel from mines, but cement is the principal contributor to the carbon footprint of concrete, even though it comprises only about 10 – 20% of concrete’s mass.

Blue Planet‘s revolutionary process can create carbon neutral and carbon negative concrete, with the same structural integrity of existing concrete. Additionally, the process enables the world to create a first of its kind closed-loop concrete system reducing the need to further destroy the environment and consume new materials.

CEO Brent Constantz has over 100 issued US patents and many more patents pending on this type of process technology and has already brought on investors and advisors that include Leonardo DiCaprio, the former President of Stanford University, the primary author of the Montreal Protocol, and the creators of the LEED certification.

Blue Planet’s process takes CO2 from power plants and sequesters that CO2 in a mineralization technique onto aggregate materials: like sand and gravel. The resulting material is a synthetic limestone that can go directly back into the concrete process eliminating the need to mine more material and most importantly sequestering the CO2 from powerplants forever; resulting in carbon neutral or carbon negative concrete when used in place of mined sand and aggregate.

Equally as important is that Blue Planet’s synthetic limestone aggregate has the same structural characteristics and integrity as mined geological limestones and does not change the performance of concrete.

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Editor note: The text in this article is taken directly from a press release.