Holcim pushes ‘green building’ with circular construction

Photograph courtesy of Holcim Philippines Holcim Philippines’ waste management unit Geocycle is helping 35 cities and municipalities stay clean and able to divert materials away from landfills.

Builders in the 21st-century prioritize ‘net zero’ goals of no net carbon dioxide emission in designing and constructing new infrastructures. A key concept to achieving this goal is through the so-called ‘circular economy’ where manufacturers design products to be reusable.

Cement maker Holcim Philippines, Inc. has converted nearly a million tons of qualified wastes into alternative fuels and raw materials for cement production in 2022 as it accelerates circular construction in the construction industry. The initiative helped 35 cities and municipalities stay clean and divert materials from landfills.

“Co-processing is an important part of our efforts to advance circularity in the construction industry. Our success in reusing discarded materials further reduces our consumption of natural resources and carbon footprint. This also enables us to help industries and communities achieve their zero-waste objectives. We are excited to continue growing our co-processing operations to further contribute to building progress in the country,” said Holcim Philippines president and CEO Horia Adrian.

Co-processing is a government-approved and globally recognized waste management technology that repurposes suitable discarded materials into alternative low-carbon fuels and raw materials in making cement.

Among the environmental advantages of co-processing are the extremely high temperatures of the kiln and the longer treatment time that prevent the formation of harmful gasses.

Further, there are also no residues to be landfilled.

In addition, Geocycle made productive use of discarded materials from industries and communities through cement kiln co-processing, aiding Holcim Philippines to conserve virgin natural resources and avoid high-carbon traditional fuels such as coal while providing partners with a safe and environment-friendly waste management solution.

Further, the cement manufacturer’s unit Geocycle also helped industrial partners manage waste, including
non-recyclable plastics.

Furthermore, the company completed the installation of facilities for co-processing ozone-depleting substances.

Besides these, Geocycle conducted lectures on proper waste management for local governments and schools and participated in public forms to highlight the importance of resource conservation.

Holcim Philippines is increasing its use of low-carbon fuels in cement manufacturing to reduce carbon emissions, reduce the use of virgin raw materials, and contribute to managing waste in the country sustainably.

Holcim builds progress for people and the planet in which, as a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, they are enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure, and improving living standards worldwide.

With sustainability at the core of its strategy, Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success.
The company is driving circular construction as a world leader in recycling to build more with less.

Holcim is the company behind some of the world’s most trusted brands in the building sector, including Aggregate Industries, Disensa, Geocycle, Holcim, Lafarge, and Malarkey Roofing Products.

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