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First carbon-negative concrete blocks in the Gulf deployed by Partanna Global 

by Madaline Dunn

Materials science company Partanna Global has announced that it has partnered with Saudi Readymix Concrete Company (SRMCC) for the prodution of carbon-negative concrete blocks in the Gulf. 

The technology was deployed at SRMCC’s main facility in Jeddah, which is the largest producer of ready-mixed concrete in Saudi Arabia. The test run at the facility employed Partanna’s carbon-negative binder combined with Saudi Readymix’s existing aggregates. 

The companies outlined that the cement industry is estimated to be responsible for 9 per cent of CO2 emissions, with a footprint so large, that if cement were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter on the planet. As a result, innovation to cut emissions is essential to reaching global climate goals. 

The test run used no traditional Portland cement and emitted no CO2 during production. The technology also has a “plug-and-play” capability, which it said shows its the potential for rapid adoption across the industry without the need for extensive new infrastructure.

Commenting on the impact of the partnership, Rick Fox, Co-Founder and CEO of Partanna, said: “Our successful partnership with Saudi Readymix showcases Partanna’s readiness to expand globally, supporting our mission to make construction more sustainable. We have shown conclusively that our introduction of the world’s first zero-emission material is both scalable and versatile, allowing companies to decarbonize and enhance profitability for a more sustainable future.”

Chris Leptokaridis, Technical Director at Saudi Readymix, added: “Partanna has brought to the table a powerful innovation that aligns perfectly with Saudi Readymix’s vision for sustainable and forward-thinking construction solutions. We are truly impressed by the efficacy and environmental benefits of Partanna’s carbon-negative technology, and how it supports the kingdom’s Vision 2030.”

“In our ambitious quest for a vibrant society and thriving economy, these are the solutions that bring us forward. Their product is a game-changer, and we are proud to be part of a collaboration that echoes our mutual ambition for a greener, more innovative future,” said Leptokaridis.

The carbon-negative concrete blocks produced in the trial were rigorously tested by ACES, it was shared. 

The tests confirmed compliance with the stringent Saudi standards (SASO), underscoring the material’s quality and durability. 

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