Carbon-negative materials considered for US$63 bn project
By Andy Brown29 August 2023
Climate technology company Partanna has announced a partnership with the Diriyah Company the use of carbon-negative building materials throughout the US$63 billion Diriyah project is explored.
Partanna says that it has pioneered the world’s first carbon-negative concrete, which avoids emissions during its manufacturing process and naturally removes carbon. Through this collaboration, Partanna is seeking to support Diriyah Company’s vision of establishing Diriyah in Saudi Arabia as a world-leading example of sustainability.
Diriyah is an UNESCO World Heritage site and widely considered the birthplace of Saudi Arabia. It is being developed as a city within the capital with the US$63 billion ‘giga-project’ a flagship project of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.
Partanna’s proprietary concrete formula, made from recycled ingredients, captures carbon dioxide, and permanently mineralizes it within the material using the power of chemistry. This technology has the potential to address the environmental impact of desalination by converting waste brine, generated by desalination plants, into a carbon-dioxide absorbing, non-toxic, usable material that supports marine life.
The Collaboration agreement establishes a framework for Partanna to supply carbon-removing concrete products and materials to Diriyah Company within Saudi Arabia. It also sets the stage for negotiating commercial terms for Diriyah Company to purchase these concrete products from Partanna, with a focus on sourcing at least 60% of the materials within the Kingdom.
Jerry Inzerillo, Group CEO of Diriyah Company, commented, “With sustainability at the heart of our vision, we are delighted to sign this collaboration agreement with Partanna. This partnership signifies a milestone for sustainable development and demonstrates Diriyah’s Company’s commitment to best practices at all levels.”