July 23, 2024

As part of efforts to decarbonize local construction, leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. has launched a better alternative to ordinary Portland cement (OPC) that ensures concrete strength and durability while lowering impact on the climate.

The company has developed Holcim Optimo – a blend of limestone additives to reduce carbon emissions by up to 10 percent while delivering similar concrete performance as OPC.

Holcim Optimo is designed as a seamless substitute to OPC, the conventional material used for massive infrastructures and building projects but has a significant environmental footprint. Holcim Optimo delivers the same strength, workability and durability as OPC and remains compatible with other cement additives such as slag and fly ash.

The new product is best used in large building projects and available in bulk.

Holcim Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Horia Adrian said Holcim Optimo is part of the company’s commitment to expand its line of innovative and sustainable products for building essential structures for progress without compromising the environment.

Holcim Optimo further strengthens the company’s portfolio of blended cement products that reduce its environmental footprint while delivering equal to superior building performance.

Since 2018, Holcim Philippines has cut its carbon footprint by more than 20 percent by producing more blended cements, replacing coal with qualified wastes as alternative fuels and raw materials, and improving efficiency of operations.

The company has accelerated innovations to produce a wider variety of high-performance blended cement for specific applications such as Solido for roads, Aqua-X for water protection, and WallRight Prime for masonry.

The company’s carbon footprint reduction program is aligned with the Holcim Group’s net zero direction and the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions.

Aside from its own initiatives, Holcim Philippines is working with key stakeholders to encourage the consumption of low-carbon products to reduce the footprint of the built environment. – Press release