Ontario Construction News staff writer
Following its rollout in Europe and the US, Lafarge Canada says it has launched ECOPact in Canada, describing the initiative as “the industry’s broadest range of green concrete, delivering high-performing, sustainable and circular benefits with the opportunity to reuse materials in construction.”
“This introduction is an essential component of the company’s strategy to advance the transition towards low-carbon and circular construction,” the company said in a statement last Friday.
“ECOPact, the first Canadian CO2 reduced concrete brand, represents an important step and redefines our approach to minimizing greenhouse gas emissions,” said David Redfern, president and CEO Eastern Canada. “When people choose ECOPact, they reduce the carbon footprint of a cubic meter of concrete by a minimum of 30 per cent and it can be certified, empowering owners, municipalities and specifiers with the ability to include the impact on climate as a criterion in their procurement process.”
“Western Canadian communities are driven to decarbonize,” says Brad Kohl, the company’s President & CEO Western Canada. “We are dedicated to changing the way we build, with innovative solutions that maximize performance and quality while reducing the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.”
With the rollout of ECOPact across the Americas, Lafarge Canada asserts it is making a significant contribution to sustainable construction, where it sells roughly 15 million cu. m. of ready-mix concrete every year.
“ECOPact is sold at a range of low-carbon levels, from 30% to 70% less carbon emissions compared to standard concrete,” the statement says. “Future product expansion in the coming months will allow up to 100% reduction in carbon emissions compared to standard concrete. Where regulatory conditions allow,, ECOPact products integrate upcycled construction and demolition materials, further closing the resource loop.
“With this new ECOPact green concrete range LafargeHolcim aims to continue to lead the way in sustainable and circular construction. With one-third of its net sales already in sustainable solutions, LafargeHolcim offers the broadest portfolio of low-carbon products and technologies. With the industry’s leading Research and Development (R&D) organization, the company dedicates 50% of its innovation resources to low carbon solutions, with 40% of its patents currently in this area.”