With innovation and sustainability at the heart of everything we do, we’re committed to building a world that’s greener, smarter and that works for all.
All around the world, the expectation to provide enhanced transparency and disclosure of environmental impacts, such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, has been growing. At the same time, the global demand for construction materials is also growing due to worldwide population growth and an increase in urbanisation. In fact, concrete is the second most used commodity in the world behind water, and typically a major contributor to the embodied GHG emissions of an infrastructure or property asset. This clearly demonstrates both the essential need for construction materials now and in the future, as well as the necessity for the construction materials industry to be a leading part of the solution addressing climate change.
However, for many stakeholders, the sustainability space is filled with complexity. Although Environmental Product Declarations provide decision-makers with environmental impact data, until now there hasn’t been a way to ensure this represents the specific concrete mix supplied into projects on the ground.
At Holcim, we recognise our responsibility to transparency, and the importance of understanding our products’ environmental footprint to contribute to global emissions reduction targets. When we first launched ViroDecs™ EPD in 2019, we were pleased by the positive response from the industry. But, the message was clear “we want transparency, and we want an evidence-based approach to specification, procurement and reporting”. Evan Smith, Holcim Sustainability Lead.
Holcim ViroDecs™ EPDs on-demand is the next step in our transparency journey. It provides EPDs for any existing and future mixes, for any specific project, at any stage. This capability represents a significant step in Holcim’s and Australia’s construction sectors’ sustainability journey. This third-party verified data allows Holcim to work with its customers from tender through to design and construction to optimise ready-mix concrete mix designs and report on sustainability performance. This now also allows Holcim’s customers to specify ready-mix concrete’s environmental performance requirements in terms of kilogram equivalent of carbon dioxide (kg CO2-e).