A Montreal-based startup, Carbicrete, is helping is helping to deflect CO2 emissions by developing a technology that can cheaply capture a byproduct from steel manufacturing and recycle it into usable concrete, making a sturdy, carbon-neutral product.

“Concrete blocks, commonly used in basement and foundation walls, are a staple of the construction industry. Unfortunately, producing cement, which is a key ingredient of these blocks, generates high levels of carbon-dioxide emissions,” said Carbicrete co-founder Mehrdad Mahoutian, an engineer trained at Montreal’s McGill University.

With Carbicrete’s technology, the company is making concrete blocks in a way that soaks up CO2, instead of releasing it into the atmosphere.

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