In support of worldwide commitments to advance the use of low-carbon building materials, LafargeHolcim in the US transitioned its Ste. Genevieve (Bloomsdale, Mo.) and Alpena (Mich.) cement plants to OneCem portland-limestone cement (PLC) production.
The Ste. Genevieve plant has a capacity to produce 4.5 million metric tons of cement annually for markets throughout the Mississippi River Basin. The Alpena plant serves markets throughout the Great Lakes, the Upper Midwest and Ontario, Canada, with a production capacity of 2.4 million tons annually.
“As demands on the industry to reduce its carbon footprint intensify, we find ourselves with an unparalleled opportunity to build a more sustainable future,” said Patrick Cleary, senior vice president of sales, LafargeHolcim US Cement. “The materials used in building need to have the lowest embodied carbon possible without sacrificing performance – and this is where our low-carbon OneCem can make an immediate impact in helping customers achieve their sustainable construction goals.”
By converting their operations to OneCem, the Ste. Genevieve and Alpena plants will collectively reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 300,000 metric tons each year, which is equivalent to taking 70,000 cars off our nation’s roadways for an entire year. In 2021, LafargeHolcim sold more than 2 million tons of OneCem, resulting in a CO2 reduction of 100,000 metric tons.
The switch to OneCem at the Ste. Genevieve and Alpena plants follows the successful transition of the Midlothian, Texas, cement plant last year.