💚 Decarbonizing Construction👷

💚 Decarbonizing Construction👷

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Dennis Kamprad

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Happy Wednesday 👋

Did you know that cement is one of the most used substances on Earth?

From bridges to roads to buildings, society as we know it would look a whole lot different if we didn’t have cement. 

But here’s a not-so-fun fact: if cement were a country, it would be the 3rd-largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world. 

That made me wonder: Is there a way to make cement more environmentally friendly? 

Well, a company in Germany says the answer to that question is a resounding “yes”.

Here are the impactful insights that I have for you today:

  • How a cement plant is going carbon neutral 👷
  • How the European Union is combatting plastic pollution 🇪🇺
  • The Amazonian town that is setting the standard for sustainable living 🌎
  • And more… 💚
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👷 World’s First Carbon-Neutral Cement Plant Begins Construction

1️⃣ The big picture: The construction of one of the world’s first carbon-neutral cement plants has commenced in Lägerdorf, Germany. An innovative technology, named “pure oxyfuel”, separates CO2 from the exhaust gasses of cement factories, using pure oxygen in the combustion process instead of ambient air. This allows for almost 100% of CO2 emissions from cement clinker production to be captured.

2️⃣ Why is this good news: Conventional cement manufacturing is responsible for approximately 7% of global carbon emissions. By implementing carbon-neutral processes like the “pure oxyfuel” technology, the cement industry can make substantial contributions to decarbonization efforts.

3️⃣ What’s next: Thyssenkrupp Decarbon Technologies, which developed the “pure oxyfuel” technology, has positioned itself as a technology leader for the energy transition. Overall, the construction of this carbon-neutral cement plant represents a significant step forward in the industry’s efforts to combat climate change and achieve sustainability goals.

Related: If you want to learn more about the process of carbon capture, check out our following articles:

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📢 More Good News…

🔋 A breakthrough in battery technology:

  • Scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a high-energy, high-power, sodium-ion battery capable of rapid charging.
  • Sodium batteries are cheaper, safer, and more sustainable than conventional, lithium-ion batteries. 
  • The development of a sodium battery with rapid charging capabilities represents a promising advancement in battery technology and has potential implications for a wide range of industries and applications.

🇪🇺 How the European Union is combatting plastic pollution:

  • The EU has presented a proposal regarding a comprehensive lifecycle approach to plastics, starting from product design to waste management. 
  • Plastic pollution has severe consequences for marine environments and ecosystems, leading to biodiversity loss and contributing to climate change. A global treaty could significantly reduce plastic leakage into the environment, addressing both environmental and human health concerns.
  • This initiative underscores the importance of international cooperation in tackling plastic pollution and highlights the commitment to finding sustainable solutions to protect the environment and human health.

🌎 How an Amazonian town is setting the standard for sustainable living:

  • Puerto Nariño, a town located on the banks of the Amazon River in Colombia, stands out as a tranquil experiment in sustainable living because it has implemented measures such as banning cars and motorbikes, maintaining clean streets, and implementing sustainable tourism practices.
  • Puerto Nariño serves as a beacon of hope for sustainable development with its innovative approaches to environmental conservation and community engagement offering lessons for other communities worldwide.
  • Puerto Nariño’s commitment to sustainable living and environmental stewardship demonstrates the potential for communities to thrive while preserving natural resources and cultural heritage.
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🤝 Important Awareness Events At a Glance

🌬️ National Clean Air Month:

  • National Clean Air Month was founded in 1972 by the American Lung Association to promote the benefits of clean air and encourage action to reduce air pollution. 
  • The event is kicked off with Air Quality Awareness Week, where each day is dedicated to a specific clean air initiative. During the rest of National Clean Air Month, communities and organizations hold events and activities to promote clean air, such as educational campaigns, and clean-up initiatives. 

🦻 May 1–7, Deaf Awareness Week

  • Deaf Awareness Week educates people about the realities of hearing impairments and advocates for accessibility services for those living with them. 
  • The week also spreads information about hearing impairment through statistics. 

🤱 May 3, World Maternal Mental Health Day

  • World Maternal Mental Health Day draws attention to the specific mental health conditions that affect mothers. 
  • These might include postpartum depression, isolation, anxiety, and more. 

Related: You can discover all the 158 most important awareness events (for the month, days, weeks) in our awareness calendar for May 2024!

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📜 This Week in History

🏛️ May 1, 1851: The Great Exhibition opened in London’s Crystal Palace. The two-week exhibition showcased innovation from cultures all around the world. 

🇬🇧 May 2, 1997: Tony Blair was elected as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Blair was one of the youngest people to ever hold the office and his tenure marked the first time the Labour Party had been in power in almost 20 years.

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💭 Quote of the Day

“Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.”

― Tony Blair; Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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