Carbon reduction benefits
Local Holcim representative Kevin Larcombe, Executive General Manager, New Zealand, confirmed the site will operate to maximise potential carbon reduction benefits.
“The new facility will be located within the Waitematā Port Precinct to enable efficient direct distribution to the market. By late 2022 construction is expected to be complete and the site fully operational,” said Mr Larcombe.
Concrete is the most commonly used building material in the world and a key component is cement, which has high embodied carbon due to its manufacturing process. Currently, every year around 1.6 million tonnes of traditional cement is used in New Zealand, equivalent to approximately 1.3 million tonnes of CO2. By replacing cement with a product which has lower embodied carbon, but similar properties, construction-related embodied carbon can be significantly reduced.
Holcim is delivering lower carbon solutions in New Zealand and abroad, empowering customers to become more sustainable. Leading the way in green construction, Holcim was the first global building materials company to sign the United Nations Global Compact “Business Ambition for 1.5°C“ initiative, with 2030 targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Holcim recently announced its 2050 goals, the first long-term targets in the building materials sector to be validated by SBTi.
*Calculation of car emissions data sources:
New Zealand Travel Survey (Ministry of Transport) & Measuring Emissions (Ministry for the Environment)