Climate Action Leader
2022 AWARD FINALIST
Sponsored by Waka Kotahi
Concrete accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In Aotearoa New Zealand, concrete produces 1.4 million tonnes of carbon. This number will continue to rise as new infrastructure is built to meet net-zero emissions goals.
Neocrete was founded to make concrete carbon negative, more durable and regenerative. The goal is to support the global concrete industry to achieve net zero emissions by 2032 (using no fresh water, and recycled aggregates and sand).
After four years of research and development, Neocrete is now reducing carbon in concrete by up to 40%. It is the lowest carbon concrete on the market in Aotearoa New Zealand. Neocrete has reduced carbon in precast panels for Kainga Ora, City Rail Link, in the Mahara Gallery, floor slabs for eHaus and Scotts College, and in water reservoirs for Duracrete.
Neocrete has reduced cement consumption by approximately 75 tonnes, cutting 60 tonnes of carbon emissions. The company is now scaling up and is specified in the National Repository, where it will reduce embodied carbon emissions by 1,300 tonnes alone.
Neocrete’s research and development programme is on a mission to make concrete carbon negative and entirely regenerative, with no cement, fly ash, slag or freshwater.