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Holcim launch ECOPlanet global range of green cement

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New range said to reduce carbon footprint by at least 30% with no compromise on performance

HOLCIM have launched their ECOPlanet global range of green cement, which is said to deliver at least a 30% lower carbon footprint with no compromise on performance compared with ordinary (CEM1/OPC) cement.

ECOPlanet is currently available in Germany, Romania, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, France, and Italy and will be distributed across 15 countries in 2021, with Holcim aiming to double its market presence by the end of 2022 to allow low-carbon construction at scale.

‘I’m excited to introduce ECOPlanet, the latest in our range of green building solutions,’ commented Jan Jenisch, chief executive officer of Holcim.

‘Driving the circular economy, our ECOPlanet range includes the world’s first cement with 20% recycled construction and demolition waste inside, advancing our net-zero vision in a nature-positive way.

‘With the world’s population rising and rapid urbanization, solutions like ECOPlanet are critical to enable greener cities and smarter infrastructure, building more with less.’

Holcim say ECOPlanet’s sustainability profile is driven by innovative low-emission raw materials, including calcined clay and recycled construction and demolition waste. Its lower carbon footprint is further enhanced by decarbonizing its production process, led by the use of alternative fuels.

‘ECOPlanet is emblematic of how we are committed to building a net-zero future,’ said Magali Anderson, Holcim’s chief sustainability and innovation officer.

‘It is innovation-driven, pushing the boundaries of low-emission materials such as calcined clay. It is circular, using recycled materials to preserve nature, and we make it even more climate-friendly with alternative fuels in its industrial process.

‘ECOPlanet is a great demonstration that it is possible to build low-carbon around the world, from Germany to Canada, with no compromise on performance.’

ECOPlanet adds to Holcim’s range of green building solutions, which are aligned with sustainable building certifications ranging from BREEAM to LEED, and builds on the success of the company’s ECOPact green concrete, which is currently distributed across more than 20 markets.

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