Holcim US Advances Sustainability Commitment with Expansion of ECOPact Low-Carbon Concrete
- Introduction of ECOPact® low-carbon concrete to Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Fargo markets will reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment in these urban centers
- Leading the way to a more sustainable future, Holcim US accelerates the introduction of low-carbon building materials to enable building more with less
Chicago, Ill., February 9, 2023 — Holcim US, the leader in sustainable building materials, today announced the expansion of its innovative ECOPact low-carbon concrete with the launch in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota, markets. Providing 30% to 90% lower CO2 emissions (without the purchase of offsets) compared to standard concrete, ECOPact offers the industry’s broadest range of low-carbon concrete solutions for high-performing, sustainable and circular construction.
Limiting the emissions that buildings release over their lifetime is critical to stabilizing the climate—making reduced embodied carbon in construction an urgent issue. As the world’s largest diversified supplier of building materials, Holcim is driving the market transition to a net-zero future by being among the first in the industry to offer low-carbon concrete, low-carbon cement, recycled aggregates, services that promote sustainability and transparency through environmental product declarations.
The introduction of ECOPact low-carbon concrete building solutions in the Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Fargo metro areas will help these cities meet their sustainability commitments to the US Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement for reducing greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels. It will also make a strong contribution to achieving Holcim’s climate-action goals of reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions per ton of cementitious materials by 25% by 2030 (from a 2018 base year).
Minneapolis has been striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for 30 years, starting with the adoption of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Urban CO2 Project Plan in 1993. Over the last decade, it has also experienced population growth and rapid changes to its urban landscape. “With countless developments already in the pipeline and so much on the horizon, engineers, architects and developers are driving demand to integrate sustainable building practices throughout the region,” said Randy Gaworski, Sr. Vice President ACM North Central Region, Holcim US. “This is an exciting opportunity to offer our customers high-quality, low-carbon products for meeting our shared commitments to sustainability and net-zero construction.”
ECOPact was first launched throughout the Boston and Washington DC metropolitan areas in 2020. The green concrete is sold at a range of low-carbon levels, from 30% to 90% less carbon emissions compared to standard concrete. Up to 80% less carbon is achieved primarily through the use of lower CO2-intensive materials. Where conditions allow, ECOPact products can even integrate construction and demolition waste, thus closing the material cycle completely.
About Holcim US
Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, creating smarter infrastructure, and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of our strategy, Holcim is becoming a net-zero company, with our people and communities at the heart of our success. The company is driving circular construction as a world leader in recycling, to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world’s most trusted brands in the building sector, including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim, Lafarge and Malarkey Roofing Products. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.
In the United States, Holcim US includes nearly 350 sites in 43 states and employs 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