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Save Environment With Green Construction

Er. Kaushal Kishore ,
Materials Engineer, Roorkee

Portland cement, is made by a calcareous material, such as limestone or chalk, and from alumina and silica found as clay or shale. The process of manufacture of cement consists essentially of grinding the raw materials, mixing them intimately in certain proportions and burning in a large rotary kilin at a temperature of up to about 14500C. When the material sinters and partially fuses into balls known as clinker, the clinker is cooled and ground to a fine powder, with some gypsum added, and the resulting product is the commercial portland cement so widely used through out the world. The manufacturing of this cement release in the atmosphere 0.8 tonnes of CO2 in the production of one tonne of cement. When water is mixed with cement and aggregates in the production of concrete for use in the construction, each tonne of cement can absorb up to 0.4 tonnes of CO2 , but that still leaves an overall carbon footprint per tonne of 0.4 tonnes. In the year 2009 about 2000 million tonnes of CO2 was emitted in the atmosphere in the production of cement.

The above problems have been overcome from researches by Nikolas Vlasopoulos Chief Scientist and his colleagues at Imperial College, London, and they have set up a company of Novacem’s cement which is making cement from magnesium silicate that absorb more CO2 as it hardens. Valaspoulos responded that magnesium slicates are abundant world wide with 10,000 billion tonnes available. He is confident that material will be strong enough for use in buildings but acknowledge that getting licence to use it will take several years of testing.

Novacem’s cement, which has a patent pending on it, uses magnesium silicate which emit no CO2 when heated. Its production process also runs at much lower temperature around 6500C. This leads to total CO2 emission of upto 0.5 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of cement produced. But the Novacem cement formula absorb for more CO2 as it hardens about 0.6 tonnes of CO2 from the air. This is competitive with the Amrican Company of Caera cement. Concrete with olivine as a supplement material can absorb large quantities of CO2 to produce green concrete.


Researches are in progress through which the constructed concrete structures will not be called the Concrete Jangal. Like green forest they will absorb CO2 from the air. However, this must be kept in mind there is no replacement of trees. To keep the balance of nature trees must be planted to fill the gap of cut trees. Unfortunately this is not being done. For example at Dehradun (Uttarakhand) city 10,000 trees were cut in one year. To replace them only 200 trees were planted. This is the situation of whole India.

The new cement will be marketed after testing its performance of strength, durability and other properties. This will take quite a long time. In the mean time we can save our environment by the use of Water Reducers in the production of concrete. 100% concrete produces in Japan and Canada contains Water Reducers/Air-entraining admixtures, where as in India about 2% of its concrete contains Water Reducers. If it is increases to 25%, the results will be as given below:

In India 0.93 kg of CO2 is emitted in the production of one kg of cement. In the financial year 2009-10 India produces 200 million tonnes of cement. In the production of this cement 186 million tonnes of CO2 was emitted in the atmosphere during financial year of 2009-10.

The availability of water in India per person per year in 1950 was 5177 cu.m. In the year 2009 it is reduces to 1700 cu.m.

If 50 million tonnes cement in making concrete uses water reducers 7500000 tonnes of cement can be saved. 3750000 KL of potable water will be saved and the saving of Rs. 3300 crores per year to construction industry. This amount is worked out after adjusting the cost of water reducers. Less cement used means less cement required to be produce by the cement factories resulting 6975000 tonnes of CO2 will be prevented to be emitted to the atmosphere. These are worked out with an average saving of 15% cement and 15% water.

CO2 emission is word problem, but for India in addition to CO2 it has problems of Air, Water, Soil, Food and Noise pollutions. Less density populated countries may cope with these problems but for India it is of the top concern. The population figures of 2009 is, India 350 person per, China 132 person per and USA only 34 person per The figures of 2006 CO¬2 emissions are USA 658.60 tonnes per, China 611.76 tonnes per and India 459.35 tonnes per Every one should contribute his or her efforts to save the environment from pollution. Those involve in the construction activities can contribute their share by proper design of concrete Mixes with Water Reducers.


1. Kishore Kaushal – Concrete Mix Design with Superplasticizers, paper in Civil Engineering Portal.

We are thankful to Er. Kaushal Kishore, Materials Engineer, Roorkee for submitting this very useful Civil Engineering Paper to us so that other civil engineering students can learn from this experience and research.

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2 comments on "Save Environment With Green Construction"

Mukesh Lalwani says:

what an idea sir g!!!thanks for such a detailed research. we should consider this option so that we can protect our environment.

mudabbir ahmed says:

sir thanx fr ur detaild papr but wanna ask u 1 thng can i do ths biocement as ma final year project.?

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