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 initiating an innovative partnership with Blue Planet to advance technology capable of sequestering carbon emissions, while encouraging a circular economy

TORONTO and 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 compresses carbon emissions to form aggregates to produce carbon-negative concrete. A total of 440 kg of CO2 can be mineralized in a ton of aggregate Blue Planets, thus avoiding its release into the atmosphere.

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

“To stay ahead of sustainable actions in our industry, it is necessary to be innovative and build ongoing partnerships,” said 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 with the same values ​​and beliefs in carbon neutrality in further efforts around the world including the other investors in the Blue Planet. »

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 expanding into other Holcim Group operations around the world.

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

“By focusing on composite concrete components, our technology can have a greater impact on the carbon incorporated into concrete than a traditional approach focused on reducing the cement component only. This partnership with Holcim will help us apply our CO2 mineralization technology to large -scale cement operations. We expect this technology to act directly on CO2 emissions, ”commented 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 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 aggregate, cement, ready-mixed and precast concrete, asphalt mixes, paving and road construction.

About Holcim US

Holcim is building 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 being a Net Zero company, placing its employees and the communities where 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 produce more with less. Holcim relies on a portfolio of well -known brands around the world focused on 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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