• The GCCA’s Innovandi Open Challenge 2024 encourages global start-ups to develop carbon capture technologies to aid net-zero ambitions in the cement and concrete sectors.
  • Aimed at reducing industry emissions, successful initiatives may progress to pilot projects, enhancing the journey towards net-zero.
  • The challenge supports the industry’s net-zero ambition, aligning with global decarbonization efforts and technological advancements in carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has launched the Innovandi Open Challenge 2024, a significant initiative designed to propel the cement and concrete manufacturing industry towards net-zero emissions through innovative carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) solutions. This call to action is directed at start-ups around the world, offering a unique opportunity to collaborate with leading manufacturers in developing groundbreaking technologies that can significantly reduce carbon footprints.

This year’s challenge, marking the third installment, focuses on encouraging the development of both process-integrated and end-of-pipe CO2 capture solutions. It builds on the momentum of previous years, which have already seen remarkable advancements, including pilot projects that demonstrate the tangible impact of collaborative innovation in the sector.

Participation in the Innovandi Open Challenge provides start-ups with unparalleled access to industry insights, mentorship, and the potential to form strategic partnerships with key industry players. This collaboration is vital as it bridges the gap between innovative ideas and real-world applications, accelerating the path to commercialization and scalability of effective solutions.

The urgency of this initiative cannot be overstated, as the manufacturing sector faces increasing pressure to reduce its environmental impact. The cement and concrete industry, in particular, is a significant contributor to global CO2 emissions, making the development and implementation of CCUS technologies a critical step in the industry’s broader net-zero strategy.

“We already know CCUS technology works, with pilots and projects underway across the world, but it’s crucial to see what other innovations are out there, beyond our industry, that could help accelerate our net zero mission.

“We encourage applications from start-ups around the globe to join us in the urgent fight to limit global warming. If you are a start up from Austria to Australia, from Brazil to Bangladesh, with an innovative idea or technology to further develop CCUS, then you should be applying.”

Thomas Guillot, Chief Executive of the GCCA

GCCA members, representing a substantial portion of global cement production capacity, have pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, aligning with the Concrete Future 2050 Net Zero Roadmap. This commitment underscores the industry’s dedication to sustainable practices and its role in combating climate change.

The Innovandi Open Challenge 2024 not only highlights the industry’s commitment to innovation and sustainability but also offers a platform for start-ups to showcase their solutions on a global stage. By participating, innovators have the chance to contribute significantly to the global effort to limit warming and ensure a sustainable future for all.

Applications for the challenge are open until April 15, providing a limited window for start-ups to submit their proposals and join the global movement towards sustainable manufacturing. This initiative represents a critical step forward in the industry’s journey to net-zero, emphasizing the role of technology and collaboration in achieving environmental goals.

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