Context: A Visakhapatnam-based construction firm has manufactured a carbon-negative building brick called Agrocrete, from crop residues and industrial by-products.
About Carbon Negative Bricks
- Manufacture: The Agrocrete Blocks are carbon negative as they are made of crop residues and industrial by-products, and can be molded into various forms and shapes such as blocks, tiles, decorative, plaster etc.
- Potential benefits: Agrocrete can potentially replace conventional bricks and lower the construction cost by up to 50% and operational costs by 30%.
- On an estimate, with annual production of 900 million cubic meters of Agrocrete, around 100 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide can be captured to prevent 350 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
- Conclusion: Such measures by private innovators become essential, to support the Government’s ‘Carbon Emission’ targets and work towards achieving ‘SDG 13’ to mitigate the impacts of Climate Change.