Making construction a carbon neutral business

Making construction a carbon neutral business

GreenJams

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Overview

The human population is growing at a tremendous rate and there will be 2 billion more people by the end of 2100. The addition of new homes will certainly create pressure on the earth, in terms of carbon emission, as well as resource utilization.

Tarun Jami, the founder of GreenJams, came up with the innovation, which not only has a solution for carbon-neutral construction, but also helps reduce pollution.

Authors

Sri vishnu valiveti

Sri vishnu valiveti

Apurba Sen

Apurba Sen

Himanshu Chugh

Himanshu Chugh

Avi Mahajan

Avi Mahajan

Sankalp Milin

Sankalp Milin

Rishabh Lakhmani

Rishabh Lakhmani

School

Goa Institute of Management

Goa Institute of Management

Professor

Divya Singhal

Divya Singhal

Innovation

GreenJams uses crop residue to make Agrocrete. When it is used in buildings it helps to reduce, not only agricultural waste but also makes construction a sustainable and carbon-neutral business. Another one of GreenJams' innovations is Hempcrete. Hempcrete is concrete blocks made from Hemp. Hemp is a biodegradable material and has the capability to store carbon dioxide. This makes Hempcrete carbon negative.

If used at wider scales, these innovations could change our vision for construction altogether and it will be safe for the environment.

“If every new construction uses Agrocrete, you would definitely see a marked change in air quality, like a 45% reduction in AQI levels,” says Tarun Jami.

1.https://www.archdaily.com/926225/two-billion-new-homes-to-be-created-in-the-next-80-years

2.https://www.greenjams.org/about-us

Making construction a carbon neutral business

Inspiration

Poor living conditions can cause a strain not only for people but for the environment as well. For some, this can become overwhelming and overlooked. But for others, this creates an opportunity to help improve the condition of people's lives and the climate, sustainably. “The way that we conduct business is clearly the way of how businesses can run, mitigate climate change, and also become a multi-billion dollar entity,” says the founder of GreenJams, Tarun Jami.

When Jami was in Delhi, he came to know that the major reason for poor air quality was due to the paddy stubble being burnt in surrounding states by farmers. He gave serious thought about why this was happening every year and wondered if this could be changed.

While pursuing his Master's degree, Jami read many research papers and even presented a few about the usage of agricultural residues in making construction material. He wrote a business plan and as a result, he started his brain-child, GreenJams. Later, his brother Varun Jami would join the start-up.

Ethos, another GreenJams company is sustainable and they are committed to making carbon-negative building materials.

Overall impact

The earth is choking because of the enormous impact of industrial waste and pollution. The results of which causes climate change. The earth is warming and carbon emissions are at an all-time high, with no signs of stopping. To tackle this, GreenJams has created a product that has the potential to revolutionize the construction industry. GreenJams is creating carbon-negative building materials. Its product Agrocrete, in addition to being carbon-negative, is also as strong as Hollow concrete blocks. It is non-toxic and resistant to pests, rodents, mold, and fire. Also, it has a durability of 75+ years.

GreenJams products will help India and the world move closer toward their sustainability goals. Carbon emissions will be negative and air quality will also significantly improve by using Agrocrete for construction. Farmers will also gain a stable source of income from using Agricultural by-products.

Business benefit

GreenJams' mission is to commercialize innovative technologies that have the ability to transform the construction industry and develop a sustainable and most importantly, carbon-conscious environment. Without a doubt, GreenJams is all about sustainability. They also try to encourage sustainable methods in the workplace. The company is working on being more sustainable in terms of their carbon emissions, like utilizing renewable energy and adjusting their logistics practices.

Partnerships with potential customers are based on the mutual ambition to build sustainable operations. Together with its partners, GreenJams is developing products tailored to the specific needs of each partner.

GreenJams also has secured financing from investors who are seeking environmentally and ethically sound investment opportunities. These investors see the business potential and the positive environmental and climate impacts of the company's planned operations.

Social and environmental benefit

The idea which drove the creation of GreenJams came from the realization of the degrading quality of air in Delhi. Delhi is probably the only city with such degrading air quality. Realizing 44% of the pollution comes from construction material wastes, Jami felt an urge to do something about it. As a result, he created GreenJams.

The idea was to integrate the built-in environment with the natural environment. It slowly evolved to creating a beautiful carbon-neutral built environment. And the only way that could happen was to use carbon-negative building materials. The rationale is, by using these carbon-neutral materials, with every new construction, they would definitely see a marked change in air quality, possibly a 45% reduction. GreenJams also makes hempcrete, which is an eco-friendly concrete block.

The company also recognizes the impact on the farmers. The raw materials used for construction materials come from Agri-industry. This in turn puts some profits into farmer's hands, giving them another source of revenue. Also, GreenJams' environmentally friendly business model impacts society improves energy efficiency and reduces carbon emission in the environment.

The rate at which our world is becoming overpopulated forces building construction to exponentially increase to keep up. Hence making carbon-negative construction materials can create a change in construction trends toward the positive side, when amplified on a global and larger scale.

Interviews

Tarun Jami, Founder

Varun Jami, Co-founder

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GreenJams

GreenJams

Visakhapatnam, Andhra pradesh, IN

Business Website: https://www.greenjams.org/

Year Founded: 2017

Number of Employees: 2 to 10

GreenJams is creating carbon-negative building materials. Its product Agrocrete in addition to being carbon-negative is also as strong as Hollow concrete blocks. It is non-toxic and resistant to pests, rodents, mold, and fire.

GreenJams' mission is to uplift the lives of farmers in India by providing a fair price for their agricultural waste. As a result, it prevents them from burning agricultural waste, which damages the environment.