A senior research scientist at Building and Road Research Institute says the government must utilize low carbon concrete to reduce the impact of climate change.
Dr. Mark Bediako says growing population and attendant demand for construction services gives rise to the emission of carbon dioxide.
“Our President is talking about sustainable development that leads to climate change; there’s a need for us to look at the construction industry. Now we’re building railways, building homes for the needy and we need concrete so, we’re going to contribute hugely to carbon dioxide emissions,” he pointed out.
“The best is to use materials that can produce low carbon concrete and that’s what the world is pushing for,” Dr. Bediako stressed.
Dr. Bediako was speaking at the maiden Concrete Technology Training in Kumasi.
The construction industry is the second leading contributor to Gross Domestic Product, behind agriculture.
Demand for concrete and expected carbon dioxide generation is expected to go up due to increase in infrastructural projects.
Ghana’s annual consumption stands at 15 to 16 million metric cubes.
Reducing cement use with low carbon materials has become crucial.