The product is claimed to deliver at least 30% lower carbon footprint with equal to superior performance compared to ordinary (CEM I/OPC) cement.
ECOPlanet is initially available in Germany, Romania, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, France and Italy and Holcim says it will be distributed across 15 countries in 2021, with the objective of doubling its market presence by the end of 2022 to enable low-carbon construction at scale.
Holcim CEO Jan Jenisch commented: “Driving the circular economy, our ECOPlanet range includes the world’s first cement with 20% recycled construction & demolition waste inside, advancing our net-zero vision in a nature-positive way. With the world’s population rising and rapid urbanisation, solutions like ECOPlanet are critical to enable greener cities and smarter infrastructure, building more with less.”
Holcim says that ECOPlanet’s sustainability profile is driven by innovative low-emission raw materials, including calcined clay and recycled construction and demolition waste. The company adds that its lower carbon footprint is further enhanced by decarbonising its production process led by the use of alternative fuels.
Magali Anderson, Holcim's chief sustainability and innovation officer, says: “ECOPlanet is emblematic of how we are committed to building a net-zero future. It is innovation-driven, pushing the boundaries of low-emission materials such as calcined clay. It is circular, using recycled materials to preserve nature. We make it even more climate-friendly with alternative fuels in its industrial process.”
Holcim says that ECOPlanet will builds on the success of its ECOPact range of green concrete, which is now broadly distributed across over twenty markets.