Holcim invests in Travertine to advance decarbonized cement and circularity

  • Startup binds CO2 from direct air capture into advanced mineral components for permanent carbon removal
  • Investment from Holcim MAQER Ventures to scale technology to decarbonize cement


Holcim has invested in Travertine to apply the startup’s proprietary circular technology to the decarbonization of cement. By binding CO2 from direct air capture into advanced mineral components, Travertine’s technology permanently sequesters carbon. Holcim’s investment, through its corporate venture capital and open innovation unit MAQER Ventures, will support the scaling of this technology to decarbonize cement.

Nollaig Forrest, Chief Sustainability Officer, Holcim: “We’re excited to work with innovative startups like Travertine to advance our goal of making decarbonized cement and concrete a reality at scale this decade. Driving circularity, Travertine reduces carbon emissions by capturing and binding CO2 into advanced mineral solutions.”

Holcim MAQER Ventures participated in a funding round for Travertine alongside Clean Energy Ventures, Bidra Innovation Ventures, and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, Travertine spun out of Lammers’ lab at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2022.

About Holcim

Holcim is a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions with net sales of CHF 27.0 billion in 2023. Driven by our purpose to build progress for people and the planet, our 63,448 employees are on a mission to decarbonize building, while improving living standards for all. We empower our customers across all regions to build better with less, with a broad range of low-carbon and circular solutions, from ECOPact and ECOPlanet to our circular technology platform ECOCycle®. Through innovative systems, from Elevate roofing to PRB insulation, Holcim makes buildings more sustainable in use, driving energy efficiency and green retrofitting. With sustainability at the core of our strategy, we are on the way to becoming a net-zero company with 1.5°C targets validated by SBTi. 

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