To secure a more sustainable and resilient future, we must look carefully at the life cycle impacts of humanity’s most-produced building material: concrete. Carbon uptake, the process by which cement-based products sequester carbon dioxide, is key to this understanding.
Hessam AzariJafari, the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub’s deputy director, is deeply invested in studying this process and its acceleration, where prudent. He describes how carbon uptake is key to reaching a carbon-neutral concrete industry. First, What is carbon uptake in cement-based products, and how can it influence their properties?