A LafargeHolcim and Solidia Technologies venture will supply EP Henry’s Wrightstown, N.J., paver and block plant with a reduced carbon dioxide cement. The agreement stems from a six-year effort by the companies to bring to commercial scale an innovative technology that reduces embodied CO2 in manufactured concrete by up to 70% versus conventional methods.
In 2013, LafargeHolcim and Solidia launched a pilot program to develop low-carbon, precast concrete pavers with EP Henry, a national outdoor unit concrete products manufacturer. Development has centered on Solidia Cement milled at the Lafarge Whitehall plant in western Pennsylvania, along with aggregate materials Solidia sources separately. The first commercial offerings were launched earlier this year, demonstrating improved aesthetics and product durability.
“LafargeHolcim has long been committed to bringing innovative solutions to market, and this commercial agreement with EP Henry is an important step in showing that reducing our CO2 footprint through carbon-captured products is feasible,” said Jamie Gentoso, CEO, U.S. Cement, LafargeHolcim. “It has been incredibly rewarding to see how together, we have collaborated to move this technology from the experimental phase and into the U.S. market as a viable product.”
“By offering its technical expertise and market intelligence, LafargeHolcim helped us eliminate barriers to adoption, leading us to this first commercial traction in the U.S. to expand our range of offerings, making sustainability business as usual across the global $1 trillion concrete and $300 billion cement markets,” added Solidia President and CEO Tom Schuler.