It is clear that the search for the practical means of reducing concrete's carbon footprint is both widespread and substantial. The agenda encompassed technical, operational and political aspects, and this creates both opportunity and challenge for the future of concrete.
The 2023 Convention symposium contained an eclectic mix of topics. We heared from experts and practitioners, as well as policy makers. We identified, examined and applied the various options resulting in practical outcomes. It is important to know of these developments and judge their merits from a technical and commercial point of view. This Convention seminar uniquely provided this opportunity.
There are going to be challenges and changes in concrete materials, practices, Standards, designs and specifications. Established custom and practice will have to change for significant carbon reductions to be achieved. It is in our own self- interest to be aware of these changes. The Convention agenda addressed these concrete issues in an informed, pragmatic and structured way.
The Convention, including the AGM and Dinner (and the ICT Students' & Young Professionals' launch event the night before), was also a singular opportunity to interact and network with colleagues at a special location which is of itself, on this occasion, possibly representing all our futures; Hinxton Hall, on the Wellcome Genome Campus.
|The Low Carbon Routemap||Andrew Mulholland, Chair, Low Carbon Concrete Group|
|Alternative fuels in cement manufacture||Roger Griffiths, Manager - Innovation Projects, MPA|
|Manufacture of calcined clay||Jean-Michel Charmet, Pyroprocess Product Manager, Fives FCB (France)|
|Concrete Technology||Bhavika Ramrakhyani, SCS Railways|
|Low carbon concrete practice and future perspective||Veronika Elfmarkova, National ECOPact Product Manager, Aggregate Industries|
|Ultra-low carbon binder: The Olympic challenge from lab to full scale construction||Artur Kiiashko, Research Engineer, Ecocem Materials Ltd (France)|
|Ultrasound activation of cement hydration: a new approach to decarbonize precast concrete||Paul Hesse, Ricardo Remus and Christiane Rößler, Sonocrete, (Germany)|
|Low Carbon Concrete: The Concrete Supplier Experience||Dr James Branch, Regional Technical Manager - London, Hanson Concrete|