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Heidelberg Materials has introduced the world’s first carbon captured net-zero cement to customers in Europe.
Geopolymer concrete is a sustainable alternative to conventional Portland cement-based concrete. It has received substantial attention due to its potential for decreasing carbon emissions and preserving natural resources.
Heidelberg Materials announced today that it has entered an agreement with the Levy Group of Companies to secure a steady supply of slag granules to produce high-quality slag cement at its Indiana, U.S, facility.
Adbri has created a concrete mix that reduces the embodied carbon in concrete mixes through supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs).
EUROSLAG says that the use of ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) in cement production in the EU and UK between 2000 and 2022 has generated a cumulative reduction in CO2 emissions of 408Mt.
Take action to address the critical issue of carbon emissions associated with concrete and cement production. It's time to recognise that real solutions for emissions reduction are available! Low-carbon alternative binders for concrete not only help mitigate environmental impacts but are also becoming standardised, providing designers, contractors, and suppliers with clear guidance on their utilisation in concrete design and construction.
Without a dramatic reduction in emissions from concrete production, Australia will fall short of reaching their Net-Zero plan. Australia has excellent abilities to reduce emissions in this area, the main challenge will be creating the environment and framework to reach the target.
Popularized in the 1990s, liquefied soil stabilisation is one tactic to reuse excavated soil and toxic sludge at construction sites.
The construction-generated waste is mixed with cement or other coagulating materials and reused as backfill for support and ground stabilization.
With the current focus on sustainable concrete construction solutions, the use of alternative binders in concrete has been an area of research, development, testing and discussion for some time. However, with the recent release of the Australian Standard document TS199 “Design of geopolymer and alkali-activated binder concrete” there is now a specific guideline for the industry to design and specify Lower Carbon Alternative Binder Concrete in a practical way to respond to some of the challenges posed by traditional cement and concrete, and to help reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry.
Critical Metals has reached agreement with highly specialised global steel company SSAB to recover by-products from the steel making process into high-grade vanadium products.
An agreement between Vale Base Metals and BluestOne has been made to repurpose slag and other waste products from Brazilian mine, Onça Puma.
Developed for the transportation of slag in steel mills, Volvo CE has designed a new bucket intended to withstand the extreme temperatures.
The FEhS Building Materials Institute has updated its brochure "Ferrous slag. Valuable raw material for resource-saving management".
BlueScope Steelworks will begin a $1 billion rebuild of their No 6 blast furnace at their Port Kembla location, which will also include a new slag granulation plant.
Holcim Australia have assisted Rail Projects Victoria, in partnership with Laing O’Rourke, to effectively lower carbon emissions through progressive solutions. These solutions relate to the use of fly ash and slag as applicable alternatives to traditional cement mixes.
SCE Group have unveiled their latest loader, a CAT973K purpose built steel mill tracked loader used to dig molten slag, a by-product of the EAF steelmaking process.
Australian Steel Mill Services (ASMS) are supplying high quality recovered resources to assist in the development of the Nowra Bridge project in NSW.
One of the key barriers to wider acceptance of Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC®) has been removed with a new Australian engineering standard released for zero-carbon cement. Wagners, a construction and materials group, has peddled this as a solution for hard-to-abate emissions embodied in concrete.
HS2 has completed the first eco-friendly giant pier for Water Orton Viaducts, as work progresses to build the Delta Junction in the West Midlands, a 1,400 metre long northbound & southbound high-speed railway, which will connect HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street Station with Crewe and Manchester in the UK.
Slag Used In Record Breaking London Project.