Holcim North America invests in mineralization technology and positions itself as a leader in the industry’s transition to carbon neutrality

  • Lafarge Canada and Holcim US are embarking on an innovative collaboration with Blue Planet to advance technology capable of sequestering carbon emissions, while encouraging the circular economy

TORONTO & CHICAGO, June 14, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Holcim North America today announced an investment in Blue Planet Systems Corporation to support the development and commercialization of its mineralization technology. Blue Planet’s innovative technology sequesters carbon emissions to form aggregates to produce carbon-negative concrete. A total of 440 kg of CO2 can be mineralized in one ton of Blue Planet aggregates, thus avoiding its emission into the atmosphere.

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Blue Planet’s CCUS technology promotes the circular economy as the process of mineralizing industrial waste, such as recycled concrete, cement kiln dust (CKD) and slag, will produce new aggregate products. This investment is another step towards Holcim’s desire to become the world leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions.

“To stay at the forefront of sustainable actions in our industry, it is necessary to be innovative and develop ongoing partnerships,” says Toufic Tabbara, Regional Manager, North America. “Our investment provides a very important opportunity to influence the development of future technologies in the CCUS space while expanding the network of companies that share the same values ​​and beliefs in carbon neutrality to further efforts. worldwide with other Blue Planet investors. »

Holcim North America, a combination of Lafarge Canada and Holcim US, and Blue Planet will begin a multi-year strategic collaboration to identify opportunities to use mineralization technology to further reduce the carbon footprint in cement, aggregates and concrete, with the possibility of expansion to other Holcim Group operations around the world.

“This represents an important milestone for us in North America. Our ambition is to transform our St. Constant plant in Montreal, Quebec into a site that will ultimately advance the commercialization of mineralization technologies, including Blue Planet technologies,” adds David Redfern, President and CEO of Lafarge Canada. “We look forward to advancing our carbon neutral strategy by leveraging mineralization technology allowing us to use CO2 from our own cement plants to produce carbon neutral or carbon negative sand and gravel products. »

“By focusing on the aggregating components of concrete, our technology can have a significantly greater impact on the carbon incorporated into concrete than a traditional approach focused on reducing the cement component alone. This collaboration with Holcim will help us apply our CO2 mineralization technology to large-scale cement operations. We anticipate that this technology will act directly on CO2 emissions,” comments Brent R. Constantz, Ph.D., CEO of Blue Planet.

About Lafarge Canada Inc.

Lafarge is Canada’s largest supplier of diversified and sustainable building materials and is part of the global Holcim group. With 6,000 employees and 350 sites across Canada, our company’s mission is to provide solutions that build better cities and communities. Cities where Canadians live, work and raise their families and where community infrastructure benefits from solutions provided by Lafarge in the form of aggregates, cement, ready-mixed and precast concrete, asphalt mixes, paving and road construction.

About Holcim US

Holcim builds progress for people and for the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim enables the creation of greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improved living standards around the world. By placing sustainable development at the heart of its strategy, Holcim is committed to becoming a Net Zero company, which places its employees and the communities to which they belong at the heart of its success. Encouraging the development of the circular economy, the company is one of the world leaders in recycling to build more with less. Holcim relies on a portfolio of well-known brands around the world dedicated to the construction sector, including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim and Lafarge. Holcim employs 70,000 people worldwide, driven by the desire to advance people and the planet in 4 business sectors: Cement, Ready-mixed concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

The company has more than 7,000 employees in the United States and operates nearly 350 sites in 43 states. Our customers rely on us to help them design and build better communities through innovative solutions that ensure structural integrity and eco-efficiency.

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