In order to combat climate change, organized global action is required to reverse the trajectory of society’s emissions. The 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development and its 17 interconnected goals were established in 2012 at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, with the aim of combatting the urgent environmental, political, and economic challenges facing our world. Only six years remain to work towards the 2030 milestone, yet global progress toward limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continues to fall behind targets.

As global urbanization increases, along with anthropogenic emissions, urgent action and innovation is necessary to deeply decarbonize our society. CarbiCrete’s groundbreaking cement-free concrete-making technology contributes to the global achievement of the ninth, eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal 9, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, targets upgraded buildings, industrial retrofits, efficient resource use, and widespread integration of environmentally-sound technologies and processes. New technology is especially important in addressing hard-to-abate industries, such as cement and steel. When decarbonizing infrastructure, CarbiCrete’s low-carbon concrete products is essential for reducing the carbon footprint of the most used manmade material on earth.

Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities, aims to make urban areas inclusive, resilient, and sustainable. Its ultimate targets are widespread safe, affordable, and equitable housing, access to transportation, and sustainable urbanization incorporating disaster management. Concrete is extremely resilient to the risk of climate disasters like high winds, storms and flooding, and high temperatures. Reducing the embodied carbon of new buildings while keeping protecting the growing global urban population will require low-carbon concrete offerings.

To fight the harmful effects of waste, Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production, advocates for “increased resource efficiency, circularity measures and overall efforts to de-materialize economic growth.” CarbiCrete technology is designed with responsible consumption in mind—the process utilizes two industrial waste streams, contributing to the circular economy while valorizing landfill-destined byproducts like steel slag. Eliminating the use of cement not only reduces the need for virgin raw materials, it also conserves fossil fuels that must be burned to produce cement.

Goal 13, Climate Action, advocates for taking urgent measures to combat climate change and its impacts. Targets falling under SDG thirteen include increasing global resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters, integrating climate change measures into national policies, and improving education and climate change management strategies in developing countries. At CarbiCrete, our cement-free concrete products can reduce emissions from the most-used manmade material in the world, sequestering carbon in a concrete product for hundreds of years through carbon mineralization.

At CarbiCrete, creating a resilient, sustainable, and equitable built environment through low-carbon technological innovation is at the heart of our mission. The development and commercialization of CarbiCrete’s cement-free, carbon-sequestering concrete can help advance several of the 17 Goals and move the planet closer to its Net-Zero trajectory.

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