Cementir launches low carbon cement

Cementir will begin distributing its new FUTURECEM low carbon cement from 1 January 2021.
Concrete Plants, Equipment & Applications / December 31, 2020
By Liam McLoughlin
FUTURECEM was developed at Cementir's operations in Aalborg, Denmark
FUTURECEM was developed at Cementir's operations in Aalborg, Denmark

The product, which will be officially launched by Cementir's subsidiary Aalborg Portland in Denmark, is claimed to have a carbon footprint up to 30% lower than regular cement.

Cementir says the launch of the patented technology constitutes a significant contribution to both the green transition of Cementir Group and the construction industry in general.

The new grey cement was developed by the Netherlands-registered group’s research and development department in Aalborg, Denmark in close collaboration with its Danish subsidiary Aalborg Portland.

Cementir says FUTURECEM allows for more than 35% of the energy intensive clinker in cement to be replaced by limestone and calcined clay. It adds that this combination of materials has resulted in a much more sustainable, high grade cement with up to 30% lower carbon footprint compared to regular Portland cement, and that the low carbon benefits of the product have been achieved without compromising strength and quality.

"FUTURECEM is a giant step on the way towards more sustainable cement production, said Michele Di Marino, chief sales, marketing & commercial development officer at Cementir. "This is immensely important if we are to achieve our sustainability goals at Cementir Group, but it is also an important contribution to the green transition of the concrete and construction industries in general."

He added that following the Denmark launch, other Cementir subsidiaries in Europe will soon follow with rollouts of the product.

Di Marino says that FUTURECEM is being developed further: "Currently, we are incorporating the technology to more cement types in our product range. This includes white cement, and we have already introduced two white UHPC (ultra-high performance concrete) premix types with FUTURECEM technology."

Within its innovation pipeline, under InWhite, Cementir Group launched UHPC solutions with FUTURECEM technology in late 2019. The new technology has therefore already been utilised in white cement based innovative pre-mixes such as Aalborg Extreme and Aalborg Excel.

FUTURECEM is the result of several research and development projects since 2008, culminating with the Green Concrete II project that was supported by Innovation Fund Denmark and was backed by several companies, public institutions and knowledge centres.

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