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Lafarge Readymix recognized for sustainability achievements

LAFARGE Readymix have been ‘highly commended’ in the Sustainability category at the Construction News Specialist Awards 2010. The commendation was announced at this month’s awards ceremony, which was attended by 600 industry leaders.

The commendation recognizes the company’s sustainability achievements, which include being the first ready-mixed concrete producer to receive a ‘very good’ status for BES6001, the framework standard for responsible sourcing.

Lafarge Readymix have developed a range of sustainable and innovative products, many of which have been developed at The Lafarge Research Centre in Southern France, a world-leading research centre for building materials, staffed by 200 researchers.

Products developed there include: Envirocrete, a bespoke concrete that offers a reduced carbon footprint when compared with conventional concretes, typically saving 30% in CO2 per cubic metre; and Extensia, which offers a solution to the problem of shrinkage cracks involving no steel, less joints, and providing a reduced slab thickness, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by up to 20%.

Expressing his delight at receiving the commendation, Lafarge Readymix managing director Jeremy Greenwood said: ‘We are proud to be leading the industry in many areas relating to sustainability and are constantly looking at ways to operate the business in ever more sustainable ways.

‘This may include adopting innovations that reduce water, waste and energy use at our 100 UK sites; or, as in the case of Envirocrete or Extensia, developing new products that save our customers time and money, and contain less embodied CO2.’

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