Start-ups innovate carbon capture to push global industry to net zero.

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  • Start-ups are challenged to help develop carbon capture technology for the global industry’s push to net zero.
  • The GCCA’s Innovandi Open Challenge 2024 seeks innovative technologies for low carbon cement and concrete.

Start-ups worldwide are being encouraged to participate in the Innovandi Open Challenge 2024, initiated by the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA). This program aims to develop carbon capture technology to reduce emissions and achieve net zero concrete. The challenge focuses on process integrated and end-of-pipe CO2 capture and use to prevent carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

The GCCA members and leading Chinese manufacturers are committed to reaching net zero by 2050 through the Concrete Future 2050 Net Zero Roadmap. The industry’s first industrial-scale cement plant with CO2 capture technology in Norway is scheduled for completion by the end of 2024. CCUS technology is expected to play a significant role in reducing emissions by 2050.

Previous challenges have already seen progress, with start-ups and manufacturers working together to develop low carbon concrete. Thomas Guillot, Chief Executive of the GCCA, urges start-ups to join the fight against global warming and apply their innovative ideas to accelerate the net zero mission. Participating start-ups like Ultra High Materials have found the support and collaborative opportunities beneficial, encouraging others to apply.

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