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Saint-Gobain and Ecocem announce a major partnership to fast track new low carbon cement technology as a mass market solution

Saint-Gobain and Ecocem, an Irish company specializing in low carbon cement, have today announced a major partnership focused on accelerating the delivery of low carbon products to market. Designed to reduce CO2 emissions from cement, mortar, and concrete, these products will support the acceleration of the construction industry’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Commenting on this partnership, Benoit Bazin, Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain said: “As the worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain develops innovative materials and solutions that enable the sector’s transition towards a low-carbon economy. This pioneering spirit is also reflected in our policy of openness. For many years, we have been forging fruitful and innovative collaborations that enrich our low-carbon offers. This partnership with Ecocem is part of this history and is perfectly in line with our goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.”

Donal O’Riain, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Ecocem said: “The potential exists today to reduce cement industry emissions dramatically by 2030 and to align with the targets set by the Paris Accord. Ecocem’s new generation of scalable low-carbon cement technologies can deliver on this potential. Our deep partnership with Saint-Gobain will support our efforts to scale these technologies and demonstrate to the world how we can decarbonize the cement, concrete and mortar industries.”

An ambitious R&D (Research and Development) cooperation between Ecocem and Chryso, Saint-Gobain’s construction chemicals unit, will accelerate the development of highperformance admixtures to enable low-carbon cements.

This partnership will also cover Saint-Gobain’s mortar business Weber in Western Europe and the distribution and concrete manufacturing activities of POINT.P in France.

 Ecocem has been developing, manufacturing, and supplying low-carbon cements for over 20 years using a clinker substitute. The company’s innovative expertise has resulted in a new generation of scalable low-carbon technologies.

As a 25% shareholder, Saint-Gobain has been a significant investor in Ecocem for almost fifteen years, supporting its development and the delivery to market of new scalable, low carbon cement and concrete technologies, which are already in use in major projects in Europe, including HS2, a high-speed railway line in North of the United Kingdom, and the Grand Paris Express, a public transportation network in the French capital.

To fast-track the adoption of these technologies and demonstrate their impact, Saint-Gobain and Ecocem have agreed to deepen their cooperation in a move that will enhance Saint-Gobain’s ability to reduce the scope 3 CO2 emissions of its cement use and concrete sales, as well as its mortar production. Saint-Gobain is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. To do so, it has set intermediate targets for 2030 to reduce by 33% its CO2 emissions on scopes 1 and 2 and by 16% its scope 3 CO2 emissions. This new partnership will decisively contribute to reaching these goals.


Source: Saint-Gobain press release

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