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Cemex to debut net-zero carbon concrete in new markets

By |  October 26, 2020

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Cemex expects to make a net-zero carbon concrete available in major markets worldwide after launching a product in Europe.

The company’s net-zero carbon concrete is called Vertua. Vertua features a family of products ranging from low carbon to net-zero carbon concrete. Cemex developed the products in an effort to mitigate climate change.

“We believe that climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and we are committed to doing our part to address it,” says Fernando Gonzalez, CEO of Cemex. “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.”

According to Cemex, customers in several European countries are using Vertua in flagship infrastructure projects and climate-friendly building projects.

Vertua net-zero carbon concrete is possible due to a geopolymer binder solution that Cemex’s Research & Development Center created in Switzerland, the company says. The solution has a reduced carbon footprint of up to 70 percent without sacrificing performance, Cemex adds.

The compensation of the remaining carbon dioxide is achieved by participating in reforestation projects and other initiatives.

Early this year, Cemex unveiled a climate action strategy and defined a global target of a 35 percent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions per ton of cementitious products by 2030. Additionally, Cemex says it is the industry’s first company to target a carbon dioxide reduction in its European operations of at least 55 percent by 2030.

To complement the strategy with a longer-term vision, Cemex established an ambition to deliver net-zero carbon in all of its concretes globally by 2050.

Kevin Yanik

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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