Sources: Titan America, Norfolk, Va.
Titan America has begun offering Type IL portland-limestone cement from its Essex Cement storage and distribution facility at the Port of Newark, becoming New Jersey’s charter source of the blended binder. Metro New York-New Jersey customer adoption of lower carbon alternatives to ordinary portland cement (clinker only) stands to drive the terminal’s transition to exclusively PLC by the end of 2022.
The Essex Cement move aligns with the goals of parent company Titan Cement International, which undersigned the “Business Ambition for 1.5 C” Commitment letter in October, compelling pursuit of carbon-neutral concrete delivery by 2050. “Our customers are increasingly requesting low-carbon products. Not only are we able to meet their growing demands, but this shift is parallel to Titan Group’s commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of our products,” says Titan America Mid-Atlantic Business Unit President Kevin Baird.
Against the backdrop of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding and paired with the increase of building activity across a multitude of segments throughout the country, the outlook is a positive one for green solutions, he adds. Specifiers, including the transportation agencies of most states, have embraced the lower-carbon cement, and are increasingly requesting it.
“Our sales are quickly moving to 100 percent Type IL,” affirms Titan America Sales Manager and American Concrete Institute New Jersey Chapter President Joe Tedesco. “We see an increase in demand as infrastructure money is budgeted by transportation agencies requiring construction with the use of lower-carbon cement.”