CarbiCrete: The Cement-Free, Carbon-Negative Concrete Solution
Concrete is the most widely used substance on Earth after water. But it is, of course, made with cement. What is less known is that cement production is responsible for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
CarbiCrete, a Montreal-based carbon removal technology company, has developed a way to make precast concrete products without using any cement, replacing it with an industrial by-product. What’s more, the patented process removes more CO2 than it emits, making it carbon-negative.
The process can be implemented easily in any precast concrete plant, has lower material costs than cement-based concrete and better mechanical and durability properties. CarbiCrete is licensing its technology to precast concrete makers.
Chris Stern is the CEO of CarbiCrete, a carbon removal technology company that is commercializing a process to produce cement-free, carbon-negative concrete. He co-founded the firm in 2016. A mechanical engineer with 20 years’ experience in capex sales and business development in pharmaceutical packaging equipment, automotive machining and the entire solar manufacturing and deployment segment, Chris was a co-founder of Pure Energies, a residential solar power developer.
In five years, Pure Energies grew into a firm with 200 employees in Toronto and San Francisco. In 2014, Pure was acquired by NRG Energy, after which Chris started a consulting business focusing on tech start-ups and strategy development in cleantech.