India is the world’s second-largest producer of cement in the world. According to government studies, cement production reached 329 million tonnes (MT) in FY20 and is projected to reach 381 MT by FY22. But with the production of witnessing a steady growth, cement production has various impacts that add to the already increasing environmental degradation. Cement manufacturing contributes greenhouse gases directly to the production of carbon dioxide when calcium carbonate is heated (producing lime and carbon dioxide) and indirectly through the use of energy, especially if the energy is obtained from fossil fuels. The cement industry produces about 5% of global man-made CO2 emissions, of which 50% is from the chemical process, and 40% from burning fuel. The amount of CO2 emitted by the cement industry is nearly 900kg of CO2 for every 1,000kg of cement that is produced.
The growing world population and the rising need for shelter and housing, consequently leads to a heavier environmental impact due to the high percentage of carbon emissions that takes place during cement production. Therefore, there is as much scope and potential for innovation in this field. Himansh Verma, founder-chairman, Navrattan Group of Companies, says, “Though cautious in its approach, Indian cement industry is still better positioned than other sectors to fulfil future market trends. The demand for cement is going to rise, no doubt. Our present production capacity needs to be enhanced to meet the demand from the infrastructure sector. Therefore, this could be the best time to make the shift to eco-friendly technologies.”
With the alarming rate of environmental degradation and its effect on all life forms invites the introduction of smarter and cleaner technologies that control the existing situation and to look towards a sustainable and clean future. Built on the same principles of catalysing science and technology to advance the concept of sustainable development, Navrattan group has devised solutions to tackle this existing global crisis. Navrattan Green Crete introduces itself as a revolutionary product that is created with smart use of technology constructed on the idea of a sustainable and clean future.
Navrattan Green Crete is produced utilizing the sludge and other waste materials from factories along with naturally occurring components like algae and marine sources making it more tensile and with higher compressive strength as compared to the conventional cement categories. It contains absolutely zero percentages of limestone and stands strong as a cleaner and better alternative to the conventional categories. Its production releases zero carbon, leads to reduction of landfills and majorly contributes to controlling the pollution levels limiting the hazardous consequences leading to serious environmental damage. Talking about the relevance of green cement for a sustainable future, Verma says, “Green cement will provide a new direction to the construction business. Most importantly, it will reduce pollution, which is a growing menace not only in India but at a global level.”
As the world crumbles under the pressure of climate change and rising health hazards that this deterioration results in, this is Navrattan Group’s revolutionary invention and immensely smart contribution to tackle the global environment emergency.