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Yesterday, our Scientific Director Célia Julia Sapart was invited to give the keynote talk at the 1st RILEM International Conference on Mineral Carbonation for Cement and Concrete, taking place from 16 – 17 April 2024 at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

Celia’s keynote focused on the results of our recent quantitative assessment of the contribution of Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) to climate neutrality, with a special emphasis on Mineral Carbonation (also called CO₂ mineralisation).

Our colleague highlighted that “CO₂ mineralisation can play a key role in mitigating climate change when CO₂ is captured either from point sources or from the air and is then permanently bound in building materials. By 2050, this process has the potential to answer the demand for about 80% of ceramics (bricks) and 100% of precast concrete in the EU.”

RILEM Association is the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures aimed at advancing free-access scientific knowledge related to construction materials, systems and structures and to encourage transfer and application of this knowledge worldwide.

The conference brought together international researchers, engineers and industrial experts working on mineral carbonation for cement and concrete to present state-of-the-art research on this topic.

Prof Ruben Snellings from our Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is also the chair of RILEM’s Technical Committee on Accelerated Carbonation.

Please find more information on the conference here.