A study reveals a surprising fact about one of the most common elements on the planet.
The carbon emissions have been and continue to be a problem for our planet, causing the so-called greenhouse effect, which makes it possible for the Earth to heat up and, therefore, the climate and ecosystems are forever altered. Human beings have spent decades searching for a way to reverse this process and that is why, among other solutions, sustainable transport is being promoted, either with electric cars or electric scooters. Now the rock crushing seems to be a new ally.
Crushing stones to capture CO2 and help combat climate change
Thanks to research published in the journal Nature Sustainability, we have learned the surprising fact that the fact of make dust stones can be used for tackle part of the problem of carbon emissions. Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow say that until the 0.5% of emissions They may be captured crushing stones, something that would be equivalent to planting a forest of mature trees the size of Germany.
According to a recent study in the journal Nature Sustainability, it is possible to capture around 0.5% of global carbon emissions during the typical process of crushing rocks frequently used in construction.
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The stone crushing it’s a common process in the construction industry, but it is not done in a way that can trap carbon dioxide. He process described in the research requires almost no extra energy and uses CO2 to crush a mineral compound which can then be stored and reused for tasks specific to the sector and other similar ones. Rebecca Lunn is one of the authors of the study and ensures that the construction sector can reduce emissions simply by adapting some gas streams from power plants or the cement industry.
Of course, for the moment process has been described in a laboratory experimentation, with which we will have to wait to find out if it can be scaled to be carried out industrially. The researcher of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ensures that:
If this process were applied, the CO2 footprint associated with the construction of housing and public infrastructure could be greatly reduced, helping to achieve the objectives set to combat climate change.