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Now We Can Recycle CO2 Into Eco-Friendly Concrete

Researchers at UCLS wanted to create a new way of upcycling CO2, so they came up with an eco-friendly cement material called CO2NCRETE.

Concrete is everywhere. We use it for our streets and sidewalks, buildings, and bridges. However, the production of concrete releases a lot of emissions into the atmosphere.

Actually, more than 5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from concrete production.

According to the University of California, researchers at UCLS wanted to create a new way of upcycling these emissions, CO2 included.

So they came up with an eco-friendly cement material called CO2NCRETE. It’s strong as traditional concrete, but it’s made of different components — part of this material is made using carbon dioxide itself.

If that’s not amazing, I don’t know what is.

For this purpose, CO2 can be captured directly from a smokestack and bonded with other materials to create eco-friendly cement.

Using this process, a factory or a power plant can reduce CO2 emissions by 50-70 percent.

If this technology gains momentum, the production of concrete will cease to be a source of pollution but a part of the solution.

Watch the video from the University of California below:



Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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