CEMEX France partners with Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies

The French division of CEMEX has signed a three-year partnership agreement with low carbon cement supplier Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies.
Concrete Plants, Equipment & Applications / October 13, 2020
By Liam McLoughlin
The partnership will see CEMEX provided with Hoffmann's low-carbon and clinker-free cements
The partnership will see CEMEX provided with Hoffmann's low-carbon and clinker-free cements

Under the agreement Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies will supply CEMEX with a cement that has a significantly reduced carbon footprint and will complement CEMEX's Vertua ultra zero concrete offering.

CEMEX announced a new climate strategy in February this year, which the building materials giant says reflects its commitment to progress towards a carbon neutral economy. It has set a target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 35% by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

In addition, CEMEX recently announced the alignment of its objectives in Europe with those of the EU - ie. a reduction of 55% of its CO2 emissions by 2030. Launched in 2018, the Vertua low-carbon concrete range is designed to help enable energy-efficient buildings with a low carbon footprint. This is made up of three products with high carbon reductions: Vertua classic, Vertua plus and Vertua ultra zero, which provide a reduction in carbon footprint of 20-35%, 35-60% and greater than 60% respectively. CEMEX says they have equivalent mechanical performance compared to conventional concrete. It is in the latter category that cement from Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies will complete the offer proposed by CEMEX.

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies designs and produces cements with a significantly reduced carbon footprint compared to traditional cement. Combining sustainable development, circular economy and industrial performance, the company has developed several technologies to produce low-carbon cements intended for all markets in the construction sector. Its H-UKR cement, which will now supplied to CEMEX, is a solution based on an activation system without any addition of clinker in its formulation. CEMEX says this solution will make it possible to offer a new formulation of Vertua ultra zero concrete with a neutral carbon footprint (reduction of CO2 emissions of more than 60% associated with a CarbonNeutral carbon offset programme).

The two partners say their new agreement is also a new step in the “circular economy” roadmap of CEMEX in France, that is named CEMEX CIRCLE. CEMEX CIRCLE is a global sustainable development approach designed to integrate a vision, industrial processes, logistics resources, products, solutions and services to meet each societal challenge related to construction: the reduction of CO2 emissions, saving of natural resources, energy efficiency of buildings, water conservation, improvement of the living environment and the comfort of users, as well as the specifics of each construction site.

Michel André, CEMEX vice president of materials for Western Europe, said: "Attentive to the needs of owners and our customers, we are determined to seek out and provide them with the best solutions in terms of sustainable construction. This is how we can achieve our climate and environmental goals."

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