The World Cement Association (WCA) has further expanded its international network of members by welcoming Silicon Valley-based Blue Planet as an associate corporate member.
Blue Planet has developed a novel carbon capture and utilization system that permanently removes carbon dioxide from the air, cost effectively. Its technology uses CO2 as a raw material for making concrete-grade synthetic limestone.
“With cement being the source of roughly 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions, and current technologies unable to achieve the levels of decarbonization needed to meet the Paris climate goals, it is vital for our members to be engaging with innovative technology providers developing scalable commercial solutions for CO2 mitigation,” said Ian Riley, CEO at WCA. “By bringing the latest technologies and best practice to the attention of our industry members, we increase the chance of evolving a sustainable cement ecosystem. I am therefore especially pleased to be welcoming Blue Planet, and look forward to their input on improving industry standards worldwide.
Blue Planet has been involved in several major projects including at San Francisco International Airport, where its limestone-coated lightweight aggregate was used in concrete mixes.
“Blue Planet was launched specifically to mitigate global CO2 emissions by transforming it into synthetic limestone aggregate for use in concrete, so our mission is very closely aligned with WCA’s efforts in the climate change arena,” said Brent Constantz, founder and CEO at Blue Planet. “We have been impressed with WCA’s work towards decarbonization and the quality of its member support and engagement programs, so we are very much looking forward to collaborating on our shared goals.”