KILSARAN PARTNERS WITH CARBON CURE
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 €1 million 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, an industry that’s 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. The company 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. Commenting on the announcement, Keith Goodwin, Group Technical Manager with Kilsaran, said: “The introduction of Carbon Cure will enable Kilsaran to offer their 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.”
For more informationabout CarbonCure from Kilsaran, go to https://www.kilsaran.ie/products/concrete-products-aggregates/carboncure/
Denise Maguire Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine & Plan Magazine