Funding Approved And Received- SmartCrete CRC Decarbonisation Projects

24th March 2022

Since the year 2000, the Australian cement and concrete industry has delivered a 25% reduction in emissions. As highlighted at the COP26 Conference in Glasgow, there is a significant opportunity to achieve net-zero carbon concrete by 2050. As an industry-led cooperative research centre, SmartCrete CRC’s objective is to provide real outcomes for industry and build a sustainable network for research and development as well as economic, environmental, and social benefits to the Australian concrete landscape.

As we know, concrete is the most widely used man-made material and second only to water as the most-consumed resource on the planet. While cement - the key ingredient in concrete - has shaped much of our built environment, it also has a massive carbon footprint, 8% of the world’s total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, to be exact. With this fact, SmartCrete is determined to do something about it- for the planet and future generations. 

A new independent report titled, “Decarbonisation Pathways for the Australian Cement and Concrete Sector” commissioned by VDZ identifies the critical pathways that need to be utilised across the sector to lower CO2 emissions and decarbonise by 2050. SmartCrete CRC says they are "proud to have been a major contributor of this report that was launched on the 19th October 2021 and strongly believe that this document charts a practical way forward to achieving these goals," they said.

The report identifies a number of decarbonisation pathways with actions that are essential to successfully implement this plan. The distinguished projects with a total cash value of $6.2m have been approved and are already making a difference. “This is an exciting time for SmartCrete CRC and we are delighted that the concrete industry has taken steps to collaborate with us to ensure the long-term viability of concrete infrastructure in Australia,” said Stephen Harmer, Acting CEO of SmartCrete CRC.

The Outlined Reports Are:

• Zero-emission electricity and transport 
Innovation through design and construction 
• Further innovation in concrete 
• Increased use of supplementary cementitious materials in concrete 
• New CO2 efficient cements 

• Alternative fuels and green hydrogen 
Accounting for concrete to uptake CO2 (recarbonation) 
• Capture remaining CO2 (CCUS) 

Credit: SmartCrete CRC.

Thank you to the members of SmartCrete CRC for providing the Australasian Pozzolan Association with this update!

 If you would like to read more about this report and its projects, see a story we wrote earlier here.

To learn more about SmartCrete CRC, click here.