CarbonCure Technologies, a Canadian cleantech company, has completed the construction of a new deicing pad at YYC Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada.

Known as East Deicing Apron, the new deicing pad was constructed using CarbonCure’s reduced-carbon concrete last year. The facility started service a few weeks ago.

During the mixing stage, CarbonCure incorporates waste CO2 from industrial gas suppliers into the concrete, which results in stronger and sustainable concrete.

The company claims that this technology reduces around 16kg of carbon emissions with each cubic metre of concrete that is produced.

The company used 25,000m³ of this concrete for the project, saving 160t of carbon emissions. This is equivalent to the total CO2 absorbed by 209 acres of forest in one year.

CarbonCure CEO and founder Robert Niven said: “2019 was a record year for CarbonCure, as our producer partners’ total production volume and the associated carbon savings nearly doubled from that of 2018.

“We are proud that a project based in Canada was such a large contributor to these milestones. This is yet another instance of CarbonCure concrete easily meeting rigorous performance standards, including the top-tier design and engineering standards required for airport paving.”

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Calgary Airport Authority risk and compliance general counsel vice-president Carmelle Hunka added: “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.”

In November, London Luton Airport in the UK opened a second taxiway and deicing facility under its £160m three-year transformation programme.