Specialized Cements have gained a cumulative foothold in the global markets, over the past few years. Specialized cement is used in applications requiring stable long term properties with little or no loss in strength and strain capacities. It is particularly used in oil wells where the cement is subjected to high temperatures and pressures. Also, specialized cement is used in mining applications like insulation systems, drainage channels, corrosion protection linings in pipes, non-combustible materials and fire proofing of combustible materials.
What is so attractive about the Specialized Cement?
In order to accomplish the climate target of restraining the global temperature increase to 2°C carbon capture and storage technologies are seen as a key technology to reduce CO2 emissions
However, measures decrease in CO2 emission are mainly seen in the further development of existing cements. New cements and binding materials are currently under development and largely in a research stage. Their application is not expected to significantly substitute Portland cement clinker in the near future.
Greening the cement sector has the added major benefit of improving public health by removing the gaseous and particulate emissions from cement plants, which harm the environment and can make people sick.
Emerging Action – Concrete Results for Climate and Companies
The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a collaboration between 23 major cement producers, operating in over 100 countries and accounting for 30% of world cement production, to pursue sustainable development.
The first crucial step to mitigate the impact on climate is to properly monitor the CO2 emissions from cement manufacturers. CSI member companies commit to develop a climate change mitigation strategy and to report their CO2 emissions, reduction targets and progress toward reaching those targets.
Regionally, China, the largest market in APAC has successfully been showing a pioneering growth statistics in the manufacturing as well as consumption of various specialized cements. Existing huge funding from the U.S. and China’s upcoming investment plans will act as strong propellers to increased R&D activities!