As part of its overall strategy to bring more sustainable solutions to its customers, Kilsaran has announced the signing of a landmark partnership agreement with CarbonCure Technologies, the first of its kind in Ireland and the UK. The project represents a €1m investment by Kilsaran and will create an additional eight jobs in the areas of project support and R&D. It will allow Kilsaran to deliver a lower carbon solution to its clients in the construction sector, a sector that is working hard to decarbonise.
CarbonCure Ready Mix is a technology that introduces captured carbon dioxide (CO₂), into fresh concrete while it’s being mixed. Once injected, the CO₂ chemically converts into a mineral, which permanently embeds within the mix and improves the concrete’s compressive strength. This allows reductions of carbon-intensive cement, resulting in the same reliable concrete product but with a smaller carbon footprint.
Kilsaran has partnered with CarbonCure to offer its customers concrete, not only with a reduced carbon footprint, but also increasing long-term durability and reducing life-cycle impacts.
Kilsaran will begin a phased rollout of CarbonCure with a trial period of production at two Kilsaran ready-mixed concrete plants in Dublin. A limited number of Kilsaran customers will participate in this trial in 2022.
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Commenting on the announcement, Keith Goodwin, Group Technical Manager, Kilsaran, said: “The introduction of CarbonCure will enable Kilsaran to offer customers concrete that is not only better for the environment with a reduced carbon footprint but with increased long-term durability. Kilsaran has long been a leader in environmental best practice, having been the first concrete producer in Ireland to introduce GGBS, a by-product from steel production as a partial cement replacement over 20 years ago.”
Based on evidence from existing projects in the US, the CarbonCure solution typically reduces the GHG emissions impact of concrete by 4-6%, and in certain cases, as high as 10%.
Goodwin advises that the use of CarbonCure can effectively reduce the CO₂ associated with a typical delivery of concrete by 120kg, adding up to a sizeable environmental benefit on the emissions of the overall construction project.
“In an industry which accounts for a significant percentage of global emissions, such innovation is essential if we are to achieve our global carbon reduction targets.”
Recognising the critical importance of climate change for its customers and all its stakeholders, Kilsaran is committed to playing an important role in driving sustainable innovation in its products and processes as part of the solution. This initiative is one of a number of measures Kilsaran is introducing as part of its wider corporate sustainability roadmap development.
CarbonCure Technologies, a fast-growing carbon dioxide removal tech company, has developed easy-to-adopt solutions that enable concrete producers to use captured carbon to produce reliable, low carbon concrete mixes and achieve market differentiation. With more than 500 systems sold, over two million truckloads of CarbonCure mixes have supplied a broad spectrum of sustainable construction projects around the world. CarbonCure’s research and innovation have garnered global recognition and prestigious titles, most notably grand prize winner of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, 2020 North American Cleantech Company of the Year and Cleantech 100 Hall of Fame Company. CarbonCure’s investors include Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Amazon, BDC Capital, Pangaea, Microsoft, 2150, Carbon Direct, GreenSoil Investments, Taronga Group and Mitsubishi Corporation.
For more information about CarbonCure from Kilsaran please visit www.kilsaran.ie/products/concrete-products-aggregates/carboncure/