Cement producer AfriSam launched a cement product yesterday with half the carbon intensity of the global average, attributing its achievement to a decade of environmental focus and substantial investment.
The carbon footprint of AfriSam’s Eco Building Cement stands at 453g a kilogram of cement produced, compared with a global average of 890g.
The company claims the strength of the cement has not been compromised.
AfriSam chief executive Stephen Olivier said the group had started the process of environmental reform "many years back when people weren’t thinking of this" because of the internal requirements of its former Swiss owner Holcim.
AfriSam was majority-owned by Holcim until 2007, when a R16.4 billion black economic empowerment deal transferred control of the group to the AfriSam Consortium and resulted in the South African company’s name changing from Holcim SA.
Source: The Star