Lehigh Hanson said its Lehigh Cement plant in Union Bridge, Md., will fully transition from producing ordinary portland cement to EcoCem PLC as its primary product by no later than January 2023.
Union Bridge is currently the company’s largest cement plant in North America. With the transition, the operation will avoid approximately 126,000 tons of CO2 per year.
The switch to the branded portland-limestone cement (PLC) reinforces Lehigh Hanson’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and reflects the ambition of its global parent company, HeidelbergCement, to become the first to offer carbon-free cement and concrete at scale.
“We are excited about the transition to EcoCem PLC at our Union Bridge cement plant,” said Alex Car, president of Lehigh Hanson’s Northeast Region. “This switch is just the latest example of our push to expand our portfolio of more sustainable products and reduce our CO2 footprint across the cement and concrete value chain.”
The move to EcoCem PLC at Union Bridge follows similar changes at the company’s Mason City, Iowa, cement plant and its three cement plants in Indiana. In 2021, the company produced more than 2 million tons of PLC and is well on its way to more than double that in 2022.