28. 09. 2021.

Build Responsibly and Green. Lafarge’s Green Portfolio

Lafarge Serbia Company, operating within the Holcim Group, is actively engaged in environmental protection and prevention of industrial footprint to climate changes. On a global level, the company made a commitment to reduce the emission of CO2 by 40% by the year 2030, that is, the company made a “zero pledge” by 2050. As a part of de-carbonization strategy, the focus has been put towards decrease of natural resources use, while promoting sustainable development and enlarging the portfolio towards the products range with minimized emission of hazardous gasses.

At the same time, through collaboration with partners and the Green Building Council of Serbia, Lafarge’s expert teams are committed to education of domestic construction sector about the importance of the „green“ strategy and acceptance and implementation of „green products“.

Recently, cement and bindings for the road infrastructure have been presented to the Serbian market, characterized by significantly lesser content of imprinted carbon per ton of material, while the Green Concrete EcoPact with reduced carbon imprint by 30% compared to standard concretes, had been developed upon demand of domestic construction industry.

Considering that concrete is the most represented building material in the world, responsible for more than 10% of total CO2 emission, such reduction is extremely significant, being that use of green concrete reduces the quantity of CO2 by up to 100kg per 1m3 of concrete. In another words – in order to neutralize 100kg of CO2, 7 trees of average age and size are required, which can be reached by replacing only 1m3 of standard concrete with ECOPact.

On the other hand, the Green Concrete fulfills the whole range of commercial demands. It’s design is based on S-V cement (CEM II/B-M(S-V)42,5N LH), Lafarge’s cement of the latest generation, certified by the IMS. It’s currently used in one of the most significant industrial sites, where Lafarge contributes the reduction of the building materials’ footprint to the environment by using green materials and technologies, through partnership with the Japanese company Takenaka.

S-V cement, i.e. the low thermal hydration cement is characterized by the lowest emission of CO2 per ton of material in the Lafarge bulk products portfolio. It’s basic application is in housing and as an ideal solution for massive elements concrete works, as well as concrete works at high temperatures; it’s suitable for pumped concretes, construction of collectors, sewage systems, etc. It’s been also used for the building of the thermal power plant in Kostolac and the bridge over Sava nearby Sabac.

Application of ECOPact Green concrete

In addition to the cement with lowered content of carbon, Lafarge also produces binders for road stabilization, BeoSol and Beobond, characterized by lower emission of CO2 by 25%, compared to the same quantity of cement usually used in roads construction. Road stabilization with use of Lafarge road binders implies use of existing materials from the construction site with optimal dosing of the binder, which prevents additional exploitation of natural resources, formation of construction materials landfills, reduces transportation costs and additional emission of gases caused by raw materials transportation.

Multibat made in Beocin, hydraulic binder for building and plastering, recognizable on a domestic market by its quality for years now, is also outstanding by the lowest emission of carbon-dioxide among Lafarge’s packed products, which is why it’s expected to become the first choice of contractors.

Benefits for the investors

Lafarge’s expert teams shall continue to work on further development of green materials and their implementation in Serbia. In order to motivate the market towards use of environmental-friendly products, it’s important to mention other advantages, according to customers’ testimonies, such as:

  • Possibility to enter the contest for projects that require fulfillment of the sustainable construction certification (LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, WELL, EDGE);
  • Easier access to the “green funds” for financing purpose
  • Reduction of costs expected to arise after introduction of fees for emission of gasses with the green-house effect,
  • Improvement of company’s image as a socially responsible, etc.