CO2 emissions are always very high and impact on the climate and the environment. Cement production is a major cause.
Did you know that the global cement industry releases so much carbon dioxide in one year that it pollutes more than two nations of the caliber of China and the US?
Precisely for this reason the construction sector must transform itself and use new and eco-sustainable materials.
This was strongly highlighted by Carbon Brief, the UK website designed to “improve understanding of climate change, both in terms of science and policy response” and which has become a benchmark on the subject.
Although the good intentions are there, reducing the impact of concrete on the environment is difficult for several reasons.
The first aspect is that half of the emissions are linked to the chemical reaction necessary to make clinker, one of its main components.
Consequently, the only way to reduce or eliminate this process is to replace the clinker with other components.
Concrete, the most widely used material throughout the construction world, is made from a mix of water, sand, gravel and concrete.
A huge construction boom is expected in Asia which should increase cement production by 25% until 2030 with the consequent negative impact on the environment.
Reducing CO2 emissions in the cement sector is possible, always says the Carbon Brief, and the first step could be to replace the type of fuel used to heat the kilns where the calcination process is activated with alternative sources, such as biomass and waste.
Evaluating the reduction in the percentage of clinker is correct, however it can only be applied for certain types of applications as using different materials can negatively affect the characteristics of the concrete itself.
Most of these solutions have found little success due to numerous barriers, especially economic ones.
Oltremateria has always stood out as a representative of Green Life, the low environmental impact philosophy for people’s health and well-being.
It has always reduced the use of natural resources, paying attention to impact the environment as little as possible, not using solvents, cements and epoxy resins.
Oltremateria has always studied and developed water-based materials and resins as well as innovative solutions aimed at improving health and quality of life through eco-compatible systems and materials to prevent the main diseases resulting from indoor and outdoor pollution.
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