Ecocem saves the emissions of a staggering 10 million tonnes of CO2

By amcgrane@ecocem.ie , 20 December 2018 in Case Products

Since it began trading in 2002, Ecocem Materials, an Irish company, has grown to become Europe’s largest independent specialist producer of low carbon cement. The Group, with four plants in Europe, has the capacity to produce 2.4 million tonnes of its low carbon, high tech cement, commonly known as GGBS (Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag). Ecocem Ireland, a subsidiary of Ecocem Materials, commissioned its production site in Dublin Port in 2003 and commenced supplying the Irish market. In 2014 Ecocem Ireland began exporting to the UK market.

Ecocem has worked tirelessly for the past 16 years in advocating changes which would adopt practices for replacing high carbon cement with low carbon alternatives. Their efforts have resulted in a phenomenal saving of 10,000,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

To put this is context, this equates to:

Carbon emissions from –

  • 9 million return flights – Dublin to Sydney
  • Electricity generated for 4.5 million homes
  • 3 million car trips around the world

Carbon emissions offset from –

  • Growing 259 million tree seedlings for 10 years
  • 1,500 offshore wind turbines
  • Taking 4 million cars off the road

The demand for cement is rising across Europe and further afield. The global construction sector uses more than 2 billion tonnes of cement per year. Portland cement, the most widely used cement type in the world accounts for the vast majority of that utilised in concrete production.

This presents an environmental challenge for both the cement and construction sectors going forward as the sector’s carbon footprint becomes an area of focus.  Global cement production accounts for 8% of global CO2 emissions. By means of comparison, the aviation, which people are generally more familiar with, emits approximately 2% of global emissions.

Traditional cement has a high carbon footprint, approximately 850-900 kg CO2/tonne.  This is where Ecocem presents real opportunity for the industry. Ecocem’s GGBS cement has a carbon footprint approximately 95% lower at 32kg/t and can be used as a one-to-one replacement in formulating concrete. This means, that if 50% of portland cement is replaced by Ecocem’s GGBS cement then the carbon footprint of the resulting concrete reduces by approximately 45%. The use of Ecocem’s GGBS presents a simple and effective alternate for the cement and construction sectors to radically reduce their respective carbon footprints.

The good news is that being a part of this endeavour to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete is not just for the large producers of concrete supplying sizeable developments, but it is something anyone can engage in, from a small DIY job through to home extensions and medium size new build developments. Ecocem produce a 25kg cement bag product called ‘Next Generation Cement’, enabling all to avail of the environmental and technical benefits which they offer.

For further information contact sales at 00353 (0)1 6781800

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