Leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines took another significant step in helping the country’s sustainable development with the launch of Holcim ECOPlanet, its most environment-friendly product with more than 30% lower carbon footprint than other general purpose cement.
ECOPlanet is a global range of green cement developed by international building solutions leader Holcim Group. Holcim Philippines will offer ECOPlanet as a general purpose blended cement ideal for structural applications that delivers equal to superior construction performance while lowering the carbon footprint of buildings. This product will be made available in 40kg bags in paper and plastic bags. The Philippines will be among the first markets where ECOPlanet is available.
ECOPlanet’s lower environmental footprint and equal to superior performance are driven by the addition of blast furnace slag, a by-product of iron ore smelting to produce pig iron for steel making. Adding slag lowers the clinker content and carbon footprint of cement while enhancing the durability and long-term strength of concrete.
Holcim Philippines will aim for an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for ECOPlanet in the next few months to be independently verified by a third-party reviewer. In addition, the Company will launch a program to collect used ECOPLanet plastic bags for recycling by an accredited facility to support the company’s sustainability commitments. ECOPlanet’s Philippine launch is timely with construction activity projected to steadily rise to support a growing economy and population, and rising public awareness on the importance of building more sustainably.
Holcim Philippines President and CEO Horia Adrian: “Winning with purpose requires delivering our customer promise while also caring for the planet. We see a growing interest in building greener structures in the Philippines. ECOPlanet enables us to provide our partners with the best balance of delivering strength and durability while helping make construction more respectful of the environment. It is another key step in our promise to build greener, smarter, and for all in the Philippines.”
The launch of ECOPlanet is part of Holcim Philippines’ stronger focus on sustainability and innovation to raise business performance and increase positive social and environmental impact.
This year alone, Holcim Philippines has launchedAqua X, Multifixand AAC Block Adhesive, innovative building solutions that use less natural resources. The Company has also raised investments on new facilities to improve efficiency of operations and lessen use of traditional fuels in cement manufacturing.
Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.
With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.
Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).
Holcim Philippines is a member of the Holcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 70,000 employees.
Holcim exists to build progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company is driving the circular economy as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world’s most trusted brands in the building sector including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim and Lafarge. Holcim is 70,000 people passionate about building progress for people and the planet across its 70 markets and four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.