Leading the way in low-carbon solutions, ECOPact delivers from 30% to 100% lower carbon emissions
Chicago, Ill. - July 28, 2020 - Building on the success of its recent launch in Europe, Aggregate Industries, a member of the LafargeHolcim family of companies in the US, today announced the market introduction of the ECOPact low-carbon concrete brand in the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions. These regions operate throughout the Washington, D.C. and Boston metropolitan areas, and will be the first to roll out this innovative solution in North America.
“We’re committed to answering the urgent call to lower the carbon footprint of the construction industry. We’re excited to bring ECOPact to the United States and help drive much-needed change in the industry,” said Jay Moreau, CEO of US Aggregates and Construction Materials for LafargeHolcim.
ECOPact is sold at a range of low-carbon levels, from 30% to 100% less carbon emissions compared to ordinary (CEM1) concrete. Up to 80% less carbon is achieved primarily through the use of lower CO2-intensive materials. For a fully carbon-neutral solution, the last 20% is reached through offsets with certified carbon projects. Where conditions allow, ECOPact products can even integrate construction and demolition waste, thus closing the material cycle completely.
Cedric Barthelemy, Head of Aggregate Industries’ Mid-Atlantic Region, acknowledged that demand for sustainable construction materials has risen in recent years.
“Engineers, architects and developers are very keen in integrating sustainable building practices throughout the Washington, D.C. area. There’s a real focus on how construction materials help achieve these goals. We’ve received more requests to get involved as projects are being planned. It’s been really exciting to participate in this shift within our industry,” said Barthelemy.
With this new ECOPact family, Aggregate Industries and LafargeHolcim lead the way to low-carbon and circular construction to enable sustainable living worldwide.
In the United States, the LafargeHolcim family of low-carbon products and solutions ranges from a wide portfolio of low-carbon concrete, low-clinker cements, recycled aggregates and services that promote sustainability.
Globally, 40% of LafargeHolcim’s patent portfolio concerns sustainable products and more than half of its research and development budget is allocated to finding more low-carbon and sustainable solutions.
LafargeHolcim is the leading global building materials and solutions company. It has four businesses: cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete as well as advanced solutions and products that include precast concrete, asphalt and mortar. With its broad portfolio LafargeHolcim solves the toughest challenges facing masons, builders, architects and engineers, bringing industry-leading innovations and services to customers challenged by urbanization, population growth and the demand for sustainability. Headquartered in Switzerland and with leading positions in all regions, LafargeHolcim employs approximately 80,000 employees in around 80 countries and has a portfolio that is equally balanced between developing and mature markets.
In the United States, LafargeHolcim companies include close to 350 sites in 43 states and employ 7,000 people. Our customers rely on us to help them design and build better communities with innovative solutions that deliver structural integrity and eco-efficiency.