In support of environmental sustainability, EESTech identified the unique chemistry of ThermaSand, the post process tailings from the Samancor project, as an ideal feedstock for the product of geopolymer cement and concrete.

To assess the potential of this market EESTech commissioned Dr Ron McDowall, of the Rutherford Business Institute, to undertake an assessment of the cement industry to 2030 and its implications on climate change.

Dr. McDowall is a highly credentialled consultant engineer having led 87 international missions for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Dr McDowall’s industry assessment was commissioned to highlight the applicability of ThermaSand as a feedstock for the production of geopolymer cement products and its potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions as a replacement to Portland cement.

Dr McDowall’s assessment identifies geopolymer and green cement as having the potential to reduce the 8% of global CO2 emissions generated by the production of Portland Cement by 80–90%, making EESTech’s ThermaSand the first real alternative to deliver a superior ultra-low carbon alternative to Portland Cement, which is planned to be phased out by 2030.

See Dr McDowall’s industry assessment

The global geopolymer and green cement markets are estimated at US$3.832 billion in 2017 and are projected to expand at a rate of 29.73% over the forecast period to reach US$18.265 billion by 2023.

There are no known competing technologies able to challenge the advantages of EESTech’s proprietary zero-waste management solutions that deliver full cycle economically environmentally sustainable outcomes.