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CEMEX launches first carbon neutral concrete

01 Jul 2020
The Vertua® range offers customers concrete solutions designed for foundations, floors, and walls of buildings, which are designed to allow construction companies to significantly reduce their overall carbon impact. It features a variety of bespoke concrete mix designs and includes the Vertua ultra zero option, which is a CarbonNeutral® product. This product achieves a 70% reduction in embodied carbon emissions, with the remaining unavoidable emissions offset through working with Natural Capital Partners, a carbon offset and carbon neutrality specialist.

To contribute to the 70% reduction, CEMEX introduces a new innovative geopolymer cement solution, which was developed at its Global Research & Development Center in Switzerland and can be used in specific applications.

In addition to Vertua® ultra zero, the range also features other low carbon concrete products, which can be used in a wide range of applications and include an option for customers to choose the added benefit of offsetting the residual CO2.

“Vertua® is part of our ambition to deliver net-zero CO2 concrete globally to all of our customers by 2050. It is also part of our effort to accomplish a 35% reduction of net specific CO2 emissions per ton of cementitious product by 2030,” said Davide Zampini, Head of CEMEX Global R&D and IP Management. “We are confident that our customers will be receptive to this innovative offer because construction companies seek to reduce their environmental impact, in line with new environmental laws and regulations and the commitments of the Paris Agreement.”

CEMEX initially launched the Vertua® low CO2 products in France in July 2018. Following its success, it was introduced in the United Kingdom in early 2020 and complemented by the offsetting option to deliver net zero carbon concrete. The company will launch the range in other geographies during 2020 and 2021.

The product range in France and the United Kingdom has evolved by offering higher carbon reductions and now consists of three products: Vertua® classic, Vertua® plus and Vertua® ultra zero, respectively showing a decrease of the carbon footprint of 30 to 50%, 60% and 70% , when compared to conventional concretes.

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