Cemex net-zero carbon dioxide concrete offering goes global

The first-ever net-zero carbon dioxide concrete from Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. will soon be available in the producer’s major markets worldwide after a successful launch in Europe. A series ranging from low carbon to net-zero CO2 mixes, Vertua is based on a geopolymer binder solution from the Cemex Research and Development Center in Switzerland. Compared to conventional materials, it has a reduced carbon footprint of up to 70 percent without sacrificing performance in finished concrete. The net-zero CO2 offering is achieved by participation in reforestation projects and related measures.

“Vertua is clear evidence that we can transition to a carbon-neutral economy, where concrete is an essential component in the development of climate-friendly urban projects, sustainable buildings, and resilient infrastructure,” says Cemex CEO Fernando Gonzalez.

European contractors are using Vertua for infrastructure and climate-friendly building projects, he adds, reducing their construction CO2 footprint significantly. The mix series launch follows the early-2020 announcement of a Climate Action strategy, where Cemex targets a 35 percent reduction of CO2 emissions per ton of cementitious products by 2030. Along with that enterprise-wide goal, the producer aims to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of powder shipped in Europe by 55 percent through 2030. Cemex envisions a net-zero CO2 profile for all concrete it delivers globally by 2050.

Cement and concrete from LafargeHolcim Ltd. will soon bear a logo shaped like a mobile device icon indicating two principal qualities realized in processing, mix design and batching: A carbon dioxide emissions footprint 30 percent or lower compared to local industry standard and a minimum 20 percent recycled material content. The producer revealed the EcoLabel assurance on the heels of European and North American market launches of the ECOPact series, billed as “the industry’s broadest range of green concrete for high-performing, sustainable and circular construction.”

LafargeHolcim is turning a net-zero carbon dioxide pledge into action across more than 70 countries, says Chief Sustainability Officer Magali Anderson, adding “The EcoLabel is a key milestone on this journey, confirming [our] commitment to lead the way in sustainability and innovation.”

The producer will expand EcoLabel environmental indicators to include properties such as water footprint. Management views the new banner as a vehicle to increase green building solutions, which presently account for one-third of net sales. Throughout its global cement, aggregate and concrete operations, LafargeHolcim recycles 50 million tons of materials annually—aiming to double that figure by 2030.