Heidelberg Materials Delta Plant Transitions to PLC Production

The Heidelberg Materials cement plant in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, recently switched to producing EcoCem portland-limestone cement (PLC). The product contains up to 15% limestone and generates approximately 10% less CO₂ compared to other portland cements.

With the equivalent performance to ASTM and CSA standards for Type I/II portland cement in strength and durability, EcoCem PLC can be used in any application where portland cement Type I (GU) is normally used while still delivering consistency, versatility, and performance.

Prior to the full transition to EcoCem PLC production, the Delta plant had already taken steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by using low-carbon alternative fuels. This is a key driver in Heidelberg’s sustainability journey toward reducing its carbon footprint, helping to decarbonize the cement sector, and helping to reduce embodied carbon in the built environment.

Heidelberg Materials’ 2030 Sustainability Commitments involve a multi-faceted approach to reaching net zero by 2050. Increased production of EcoCem PLC is just one avenue to move closer to this goal. Heidelberg said that these Sustainability Commitments support a broad vision, not just for net zero, but for a future that is safe and inclusive, circular and resilient, and nature positive.

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