Companies founded by engineers tend to have technological advantages that give them a competitive edge. These days, many leading companies also try to use their mastery of technology to reduce the environmental impact of our modern society, and many establish thus not only technology leadership but also leadership in what it means to be a responsible member of our society, even if that member is a corporation.
The management of RenuKrete believes in science and what the overwhelming majority of climate scientists are telling us. If the Summer of 2020 is any indication, the growing threat of climate change is very real. Between unrelenting wildfires out West, the conga line of tropical storms down South, and zip-code-size chunks of ice breaking off from glaciers at both magnetic poles, the planet is no longer hinting at trouble but is now shouting at us about it.
Even if you dismiss the science and think this is a warming cycle and not man-made, we should all be able to agree that if we don’t do something to reduce our carbon output this planet will fast become uninhabitable for some, and downright dangerous for many others, including our kids and grandkids—furthermore, in less time than was initially forecast.
How does concrete fit into climate change?
The fact is: the concrete industry is responsible for 8% of the world's CO2 emissions. According to an article appearing on the BBC website, if the cement industry were a country it would be “the third largest emitter (of CO2) in the world - behind China and the U.S. It contributes more CO2 than aviation fuel (2.5%) and is not far behind the global agriculture business (12%).”
Main contributors to greenhouse gasses (Source: EPA)
CO2 – 81%
Methane – 10%