State-of-the-art construction solution company Giatec, which is working to revolutionize the concrete industry with mobile technology, has teamed up with US firm, Thomas Concrete, with the mission to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The concrete industry is often overlooked as a climate change contributor. But the nearly $400 billion market is the one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases, contributing to 6% of global carbon emissions due to the use of cement, the fundamental part of a concrete mix. Manufacturers have been working to reduce their carbon footprint for years, with little success. Unless things change – and quickly – concrete companies are unlikely to make the necessary progress outlined in the Paris agreement of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in 2015.

Giatec hopes to drive forward the change. The Canadian company has just signed a partnership with one of the biggest ready mix producers in North America. They hope that with the use of their smart IoT technologies, which provide smart monitoring and intelligent analysis of collected data during design, the company can in turn become greener – urging other firms across the continent to follow suit.

Co-founder and CEO of Giatec, Dr Aali R. Alizadeh, PhD, P.Eng, said: “For too long, the concrete industry has been a silent but deadly villain in contributing to global warming. But it is also a vital material we need for building our roads and buildings.”

“We at Giatec believe that fast evolving wireless sensor technology can provide solutions. And not merely for saving money during long construction projects. With the use of Smart Concrete, concrete producers can reduce the cement required for a concrete mix, in turn minimizing their carbon footprint. The partnership with this huge firm, Thomas Concrete, symbolizes a step in the right direction and we’re hoping we can lead the way in making the world a greener place.”

Smart Concrete is a solution offered by Giatec through concrete producers which enables contractors to monitor the strength of early-age stage concrete in real-time using mobile technology. The partnership between Giatec and Thomas Concrete also hopes to save money and time on projects with the use mobile technology to provide critical information to contractors for making efficient decisions on the jobsite.