Low Carbon Concrete launched by 17 Irish concrete firms 25% reduction in carbon footprint of new buildings Government advised to introduce “Green Purchasing” regulations
20 October 2008 – 17 of Ireland’s largest concrete manufacturers have come together to launch Low Carbon Concrete (LCC). Manufactured with Ecocem’s Green Cement, Low Carbon Concrete will allow consumers and the construction sector to reduce the carbon footprint of new buildings and structures by 25%.
Green Cement is made from GGBS (Ground Granulated Blast-Furnace Slag), a by-product of the steel industry and releases 16 times less CO2 than conventional cement during its manufacture. It also reduces the embodied CO2 footprint by 25% - embodied CO2 is the quantity of CO2 released in the construction of a building or structure.
Low Carbon Concrete will be available throughout Ireland from over 70% of concrete manufacturers, including: Kilsaran (Dublin), SM Morris (Wicklow), Dan Morrissey (Carlow), Boggan Quarry Products (Wexford), Hanlon Concrete Products (Kildare), Frank Harrington (Mayo), Ducon Concrete (Cork), Michael Cronin (Kerry), Healy Bros (Cork), Concrete Manufacturing Company (Galway), Gleeson Concrete (Tipperary), Keohane Concrete (Cork), B.D. Flood (Meath), Esker Readymix (Galway), Kilkenny Block (Kilkenny), McGrath Quarries (Mayo) and Cannon Concrete (Galway).
Donal O’Riain, Group Managing Director, Ecocem commented:
“The construction industry will be able to save over 2 million tonnes of CO2 annually through the use of Low Carbon Concrete. This is equivalent to taking more than 500,000 cars off the road for a year.”
“Ireland is currently producing over 3 million cubic meters of Low Carbon Concrete, saving over 1 million tonnes of CO2 tonnes so far. This growth has been achieved without any support or regulatory assistance from the Government.”
“Were the Government to introduce the EU’s Green Purchasing Guidelines, the resulting increased use of low carbon products and corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions would significantly reduce the potential exposure of Irish taxpayers to fines from breeching Ireland’s Kyoto Protocol commitments.”
“There are also significant cost and engineering benefits in the use of Low Carbon Concrete. It will more than double the life span of structures, particularly in situations where concrete will be exposed to aggressive environments, such as marine environments, contaminated land or acidic environments. Low carbon concrete has a much lighter colour and produces a superior finish. Every year since Low Carbon Concrete has been widely available, structures built with Low Carbon Concrete have won awards.”
Attending the launch were Esker Readymix Ltd, Boggan Quarry Products Ltd, Hanlon Concrete Products Ltd, Cannon Concrete Products Ltd, Keohane Readymix Ltd, Healy Brothers Ltd and SM Morris Ltd
21 October 2008