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Lafarge teams up with Calgary-based carbon company to reduce concrete’s footprint


July 30, 2021
By Rock to Road Staff

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Lafarge Canada has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Carbon Upcycling Technologies, a Calgary-based carbon utilization company.

The MOU allows for the potential integration of Carbon Upcycling’s CO2-embedded concrete additive into Lafarge operations, while exploring opportunities to expand Carbon Upcycling’s operating capacity by developing larger processing facilities.

Carbon Upcycling produces an additive that makes concrete stronger and more sustainable with the ability to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete by up to 25 per cent on a lifecycle basis.

‘Promising’ results: CEO

Carbon Upcycling’s foray into construction materials began in 2018 through its participation in the LafargeHolcim Accelerator program, which aimed to accelerate the growth of innovations in the building materials industry.

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“The results we’ve seen with Carbon Upcycling are really promising,” says Brad Kohl, president, and CEO of Lafarge Western Canada. “Across our industry, we are all driven to capture and utilize CO2 wherever we can.”

“By collaborating with Lafarge we are taking a meaningful step towards providing the construction community with the tools that will define the circular carbon infrastructure and the impending Carbon Age,” says Apoorv Sinha, CEO and co-founder of Carbon Upcycling Technologies.

This MOU aligns with Lafarge’s Net-Zero 2030 pledge to accelerate green construction and combat the climate change crisis with low carbon concrete and circular economy solutions, and Carbon Upcycling’s overall goal of 600 million tonnes of carbon reduction by 2030, it said in a press release.