Clean technologies present entrepreneurial opportunities for companies to reduce costs and improve productivity while promoting environmental sustainability. Now more than ever, companies are focused on finding cost-effective ways to limit their emissions to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change, and still maintain high productivity and profitable margins. Carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the immense global production of cement are second only to the power sector. The sector is under mounting regulatory and public pressure to limit its ecological footprint, despite special process conditions which severely limit its mitigation options and a soaring forecasted global demand for concrete.
Halifax-based CarbonCure Technologies, specializing in carbon capture and storage technologies, has developed a technology that captures carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources and incorporates it into the production process of concrete products, while improving concrete’s material properties and reducing production costs. With CarbonCure's innovation, waste CO2 is consumed to cure concrete and permanently lock away CO2 emissions, resulting in substantial economic, environmental and product benefits. The technology is expected to reduce a concrete company’s energy and cement consumption, and improve the defect rates of concrete products.