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Holcim introduces low-carbon ECOAsh in western Canadian Lafarge operations

Holcim introduces low-carbon ECOAsh in western Canadian Lafarge operations

CALGARY, ALTA. – Holcim North America recently announced it is introducing its ECOAsh beneficiated ash within its western Canadian Lafarge operations, with plans for future expansion into the United States.

ECOAsh is a high-quality, specification-grade Type F fly ash reclaimed from landfills and transformed into a valuable resource for enhancing cement and concrete construction applications, a Holcim release said.

Holcim North America and Geocycle North America’s new processing facility in Alberta, which is the first of its kind within Holcim’s global operations, will use advanced beneficiation technology and proprietary techniques to produce fly ash with equivalent performance and more consistent quality compared to any freshly produced Type F fly ash commercially available, the release added.

“As we continue to build to support growing population demands, the integration of circular building materials such as ECOAsh plays a crucial role in driving our portfolio towards a more sustainable future. By embracing these strategies, we not only provide essential building materials but also establish the foundation for building greener and smarter cities while shaping the trajectory of our industry for generations to come,” Holcim North America regional head Toufic Tabbara said in a statement.

Fly ash is a byproduct of coal-fired power plant operations and is used extensively as a supplementary cementitious material, and as the shift continues away from coal-fired power plants harvesting legacy landfilled ash is a viable replacement, the release said.

“The transformation of landfill materials into high-value fly ash for sustainable building presents an exciting opportunity for our customers and us to build more with less and work towards a net-zero future. At Holcim, we are fully dedicated to meeting future market demands by harnessing and enhancing extensive fly ash reserves secured through well-established, long-term sourcing agreements with electric utilities,” Lafarge Western Canada president and CEO Brad Kohl explained.

The new ECOAsh processing facility will commence production and product supply to customers in Western Canada in the first quarter of 2024.

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