Canadian First at YYC Calgary International Airport

CarbonCure Technologies has completed of a major new installation at Calgary International Airport (YYC), in Alberta.

The new deicing pad, the East Deicing Apron, was built with CarbonCure Technologies’ reduced-carbon concrete in August and September of 2019. The first airplanes started using the facility just weeks ago.

The amount of concrete poured to build the East Deicing Apron was the second largest pour of CarbonCure concrete in a single project, and the largest quantity to be used at an airport in Canada.

CarbonCure injects waste CO2 captured by industrial gas suppliers into concrete during mixing, enabling the production of stronger, more sustainable concrete. Every cubic metre of concrete made with this technology reduces an average of 16 kg of carbon emissions, meaning an average high-rise built with CarbonCure concrete would save approximately 120 t of CO2 emissions. More than 25,000 m3 of CarbonCure concrete was poured for the construction of the East Deicing Apron project.

“YYC Calgary International Airport is pleased to be a leader as the largest airport user to date of CarbonCure in Canada. As YYC strives to be a leader in airport sustainability, we fully supported our airline partners in the decision to inject captured carbon into the new East Deicing Apron’s concrete pavement,” said Carmelle Hunka, general counsel, vice president, risk and compliance of the Calgary Airport Authority.

In 2019 alone, CarbonCure partners' total concrete production volume surpassed 3.3 million m3, with an average monthly output of 145,000 m3. Total CO2 emissions reductions for the year surpassed 55,000 t, which is equivalent to the carbon absorbed by more than 28,300 ha of forest or taking 12,000 cars off the road for a year.

Source: CarbonCure Technologies

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