‘Going Green’ is no easy feat, especially on a project that covers an area roughly the size of Belgium. Yet this is the commitment made by The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the driving force behind potentially the most ambitious, sustainable project in the world today. Indeed, The Red Sea Project is underpinned not only by a commitment to protect the environment at the site, but to actively enhance it.
This ambition was designed into the destination’s very foundations with the master plan, informed by a vast Marine Spatial Planning Exercise, promising a 30% net conservation benefit over the next two decades. This regenerative approach to sustainable development and tourism is truly groundbreaking, not just in the kingdom, but globally.
One of the steps taken to support these efforts was a partnership with Al Falah Ready Mix, which was awarded a contract for the supply of structural low-carbon concrete. This is manufactured utilising recycled raw materials to meet existing and upcoming project demand while adhering to its environmental sustainability goals.
Last summer, the partners celebrated the successful pouring of their first concrete trial mix at the Al Falah batching plant. The batching plant produces around 1,200m3 of green concrete per day, consisting of 15-20% fly ash and 5-8% silica fume.
Typically, a standard concrete cement has a CO2 emission of 0.96 kg/ton. In contrast, the green mix alternative material being used at The Red Sea Project has a CO2 emission of only 0.11 kg/ton. This is a substantial difference which contributes to the broader ambitions of the project.
The concrete is not only green but secure. These structural grades of concrete, screeds and mortars are highly durable and hold up to 100 years of service life. They can easily withstand the very severe exposure conditions in the region.
Approximately 700,000m3 of concrete will be required for the destination’s initial construction work, including accommodation for 10,000 workers, a management hotel, residential buildings, utilities, and infrastructure.
The contract with Al Falah Ready Mix highlights once again how TRSDC is setting new standards in sustainable development. Its sustainability targets include a 100% reliance on renewable energy and complete carbon neutrality in the destination’s operations.
Low carbon concrete heralds a new era for ‘green’ construction, and TRSDC is leading the way in its use for destination-scale development. Furthermore, green concrete extends beyond being merely a lone product. It represents a new focus on sustainability within the construction industry in areas from exterior materials to solar products.