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CarbonNeutral concrete success for CEMEX

Matthew Doran

Company partners with Kier and RO Donaghey to provide CarbonNeutral concrete for University of Warwick

CEMEX’s Vertua concrete range has been used to achieve a completely CarbonNeutral product, in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, as part of the construction of the new Cryfield residences project for the University of Warwick.

Kier chose to use Vertua Classic Zero for the foundations of the new student accommodation block at the university, following the release of the university’s 2020 Carbon Management Implementation Plan.

Vertua Classic is a low-carbon concrete that has a 30–50% reduction in CO2 compared with a standard concrete mix. Easy to use and place, it is particularly suited to applications such as structural elements, foundations, piling, light-to-heavy industry floors, and suspended slabs.

Vertua is part of CEMEX’s ambition to deliver net-zero CO2 concrete globally to all of their customers by 2050.

Alongside the reduction in CO2 afforded by the product, Kier decided to offset the residual carbon, which makes the concrete CarbonNeutral from cradle-to-customer.

CEMEX work with Natural Capital Partners, experts in carbon-offset solutions, to assure the quality of the emissions reductions, and invest in projects which physically remove CO2 from the atmosphere where possible and deliver added benefits such as increasing biodiversity and reducing poverty. A CarbonNeutral certificate has been issued to Kier.

Matthew Doran (pictured), sales executive for CEMEX Materials, commented: ‘This was the first time Kier have chosen to use the Vertua range and it was an exciting opportunity for CEMEX to demonstrate the value of this product as both a high-performance and sustainable choice.

‘Kier, working with their supply chain partners RO Donaghey, understood the importance of using a concrete that improves the climate impacts of construction and we are delighted that we were able to successfully meet the requirements of the job, despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, all while adhering to government guidelines.’

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