Ecocem and Taylor Woodrow have conducted their first pour of Exegy® low carbon concrete at Edmonton EcoPark, North London
EcoPark South is the first phase in North London Waste Authority’s plans to create a £1.2bn sustainable waste management hub and Energy Recovery Facility at the existing Edmonton EcoPark.
The low carbon concrete mix used on the project reduces the carbon footprint by up to 70 percent compared to traditional concrete.
Taylor Woodrow is building a new flagship Resource Recovery Facility, public Reuse and Recycling Centre, and a new visitor, community, and education facility as part of the project.
Exegy® and Ecocem rely on a network of partner plants, such as the global building materials supplier, CEMEX, which produced the Exegy® ultra-low carbon concrete for the pour.
The low carbon concrete has been developed for over four years by Ecocem and VINCI construction and is currently being used on a pilot site of the Grand Paris Express and in the construction of the Athletes’ Village in Paris for summer 2024.
‘Helping to reach net zero by 2050’
Micheál McKittrick, managing director, Ecocem, said: “Our Ecocem Ultra technology is already being used at scale in France, and we’re excited to now see it being adopted in the UK.
“The cement and construction industries are developing and deploying a range of emission reduction technologies to help the UK government reduce emissions by 78 percent by 2035, and reach net zero by 2050, and Ecocem will add a further dimension to these efforts.”
‘A key factor in our journey towards carbon neutrality’
Nerissa Patel and Alex Mitchell, project managers for Taylor Woodrow, also commented: “We are proud to have led the first use of Exegy® ultra-low carbon concrete in the UK.
Ultra-low carbon concrete is a key factor in our journey towards carbon neutrality and this marks an exciting step towards achieving it.”
‘Accelerating the reduction in CO2’
Steve Crompton, director of Quality and Product Technology for Materials West Europe, CEMEX, stated: “CEMEX is committed to reducing the embodied carbon in our range of cementitious products and we have ambitious targets to lower CO2 levels in concrete, including a global commitment to produce net zero concrete for all our customers by 2050.
“We have been working with VINCI and Ecocem in France to investigate how alternative cement technologies can accelerate the reduction in CO2 in readymix concrete and are delighted to be involved with the project at Edmonton EcoPark to demonstrate how this new technology can contribute to ultra-low carbon emissions in concrete.”