Since the pandemic, India and other countries have been trying to use innovative methods and techniques to lessen the effect on the environment and help save it from harm and for a country like India where pollution the air is a concern, the need to reduce carbon emissions is even more so. Studies have shown that the production of cement and concrete is a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions and this is where the cement industry needed to find a solution.
Cement is largely the most essential resource for building houses. However, cement production contributes significantly to carbon dioxide emissions and as world leaders pledge to achieve net zero carbon, it is essential that industries also step forward.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Vishal Kanodia, Managing Director of Kanodia Cement Ltd, shared, “Due to inaccessibility of raw materials, depletion of natural resources and increasing environmental issues, the industry cement industry is currently facing a difficult time, which has prompted experts to think about alternative and renewable sources of fuels and raw materials. Green cement is one such innovation in the industry, where cement is made using a technologically advanced, carbon-negative process that eliminates carbon emissions during operations.
He added: “We expect that with the use of green cement and its concrete, CO2 emissions can be reduced by 30%. Another advantage is that the use of fresh water is reduced to around 50%, which helps us reduce the impact on the environment and make it more sustainable.
Based on the same principle, Vikram Agarwal, Director of Neo HBM Pvt Ltd, revealed, “Compared to traditional/ordinary cement, the carbon footprint of the green cement manufacturing process is relatively low. It is environmentally friendly as it recycles industrial waste, decreases carbon dioxide emissions and uses less energy for production. It is firm, durable and crack resistant. The most common concrete problem in India is corrosion of steel bars. The best thing about green cement is that it has low chloride permeability which makes it corrosion resistant.
He said: “Green cement is both economical and environmentally friendly. Cement made with fossil fuels requires a significant amount of energy. Green cement, on the other hand, is a technology driven process that uses extremely less energy. The world is facing one of the most extreme forms of climate change, it is important that we as a society promote the use of such environmentally friendly alternatives.