Ecocem named an Industry Partner of the SFI Industry RD&I Fellowship

Ecocem named an Industry Partner of the SFI Industry RD&I Fellowship
18 June 2024

Ecocem has been made an industry partner of the SFI Industry RD&I Fellowship Programme. The programme will support the temporary placement of Dr Suhaib Salawdeh of Atlantic Technological University at Ecocem to conduct research activities into optimising the cement technology company’s breakthrough ACT technology for Irish concrete using Irish materials.

The programme, announced by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Patrick O’Donovan TD, will support the temporary placement of academic researchers in 12 companies, including Ecocem, to conduct research across a variety of sectors. News of Dr Salawdeh’s placement with Ecocem follows the Irish government’s recent announcement that, effective from September, it will provide specific guidance for the use and procurement of low carbon cement and concrete in public sector projects. The government went further and mandated green procurement regulations for low carbon cement, which require a 30 per cent reduction in clinker use and the elimination of high clinker cement for all government and public works.

Dr Salawdeh said: “The opportunity to join Ecocem and to collaborate on our shared goal of solving cement’s carbon problem is one I am truly grateful for. Thanks to this fellowship, my work can support Ecocem and Ireland to enable ACT to be deployed as soon as possible in the Irish market and immediately address cement’s emissions at source.

Sally Anne Sherry, MD of Ecocem in Ireland said: “Research and innovation are at the heart of everything we do at Ecocem, and our global network of research and academic partners has enabled the validation and deployment of our technologies worldwide. Suhaib’s work with us as part of the SFI Industry RD&I Fellowship, will enable us to make these technologies available to the Irish construction industry at speed and scale.” 

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