Researchers tackle cement’s carbon content

31 March 2014

Cement is to concrete what flour is to cake. Normally, cement makes up about 15% of concrete (in volume), with stone, water, sand and chemical admixtures making up the rest.

However, manufacturing cement has a high CO2 footprint – traditionally between 800 and 900 kg for every 1 000 kg and the global cement industry is responsible for 5% of total carbon emissions worldwide.

To address this, the cement industry and researchers have been working to reduce cement’s carbon footprint. Concrete now uses much less pure cement, compared with ten . . . twenty years ago.

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