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Global roll-out for ECOPact green concrete

LafargeHolcim ECOPact green concrete

High-performing green concrete range from LafargeHolcim accelerating sustainable circular construction

FOLLOWING successful market adoption in Europe, LafargeHolcim have introduced their ECOPact range of high-performance green concrete to the US, with plans to expand into the UK, Canada, Latin America and other markets worldwide in the coming months.

This latest move is said to form another essential component of the company’s strategy to advance the transition towards sustainable, low-carbon and circular construction.

Describing ECOPact as the industry’s broadest range of green concrete for high-performing, sustainable and circular construction, LafargeHolcim’s chief executive officer, Jan Jenisch, said: ‘Building on the success of ECOPact in Switzerland, Germany and France, we are now introducing it across the Americas. With the roll-out of this green concrete, we are accelerating the transition to more sustainable building materials for greener construction.’

With the roll-out of ECOPact across the Americas, LafargeHolcim say they will make a significant contribution to sustainable construction in a region where they sell approximately 15 million cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete every year.

ECOPact is sold at a range of low carbon levels, from 30% to 100% less carbon emissions, compared with standard (CEM I) concrete. Also, where regulatory conditions allow, ECOPact products integrate upcycled construction and demolition materials, further closing the resource loop.

With the new ECOPact range, LafargeHolcim say they aim to continue to lead the way in sustainable and circular construction, and with one-third of their net sales already in sustainable solutions, they claim to offer the broadest portfolio of low-carbon products and technologies.

Moreover, 50% of the company’s innovation resources are dedicated to low-carbon solutions, with 40% of its patents currently in this area.

LafargeHolcim have also embraced the circular business model in waste treatment and demolition waste upcycling. Their Susteno brand of cement, for example, is said to be the first and only cement in Europe that uses resource-saving fine mixed granulate from demolished buildings as an additive.

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