Clinker Factor - Episode #36

30 November 2023 - In the latest episode of the Clinker Factor, Ian Riley talks to Carbon Upcycling Technologies founder and CEO, Apoorv Sinha, about the challenges of running and growing a start up and the use of Carbon Upcycling’s technology to expand the availability as well as the cementitious properties of SCMs.

Cement production is responsible for approximately 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions and is possibly the hardest to abate sector. In this podcast series, the World Cement Association’s CEO, Ian Riley, talks to industry leaders, experts and technological innovators from across the globe, bringing insights and fresh perspectives on how the cement sector can decarbonise and improve sustainability. Suitable for anyone interested in climate change mitigation and industrial sustainability.


Ian Riley

Clinker Factor Host: CEO, World Cement Association

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1979, Mr Riley worked in a number of management roles in the UK, the USA, Australia and Japan before moving to China in 1998. He was General Manager of a British project management and consulting firm, based in Shanghai and also Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai before joining Holcim/Huaxin in 2006.

As Huaxin VP responsible for international business, strategy and sustainability, he oversaw Huaxin’s first overseas venture in Tajikistan. Mr Riley was Greater China Country Head for LafargeHolcim from 2014 to 2019.  He has been CEO of WCA since September 1, 2019.

Apoorv Sinha

Clinker Factor Guest: CEO | Co-founder, Carbon Upcycling Technologies

Apoorv is a co-founder and CEO of a world-leading carbon capture, utilization and solid waste management technology start-up, Carbon Upcycling Technologies. Carbon Upcycling is commercializing a process to convert CO2 emissions into performance enhancing fillers for cement and concrete, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and batteries. Carbon Upcycling has scaled its technology over 10 million times since conception and operates a commercial 20 tonne per day facility providing carbon-embedded cementitious materials to the Calgary market in Canada since April 2021. Apoorv is currently onto the next scale up of the technology to a 50 tonne per day modular unit. Carbon Upcycling is a Carbon X-Prize X-Factor award winner, an Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) Grand Challenge Semi-finalist, and has received support from various provincial and federal entities in Canada. 

Apoorv is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy awardee (2020), a Clean 50 Honoree (2021), an alumni of the Energy Futures Lab, a 2016 Leading Change delegate, a Clean50 Emerging Leader 2016, and has served on the ACTia (Alberta Cleantech Industrial Alliance) Board of Directors (2017-19). Apoorv is also a 2018 Action Canada Alumni, Canada’s premier youth leadership training program.