ECOCYCLE® CIRCULAR TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM
RECYCLING CONSTRUCTION and DEMOLITION materialS INTO NEW BUILDING SOLUTIONS FROM CEMENT AND AGGREGATES TO CONCRETE
Billions of tons of construction and demolition materials are generated worldwide each year. Holcim’s vision is to build new from the old, decoupling economic growth from resource use. With our proprietary ECOCycle® circular technology platform, we are driving circular construction at scale across key metropolitan areas.
Holcim is deploying the ECOCycle® technology across a range of material solutions to scale up circular construction, reducing its use of natural resources and environmental footprint. Holcim solutions with ECOCycle® recycled construction and demolition materials inside include cement, concrete and aggregates, for a wide spectrum of applications, with no compromise on performance.
Across all metropolitan areas where we operate, we are at the forefront of driving circular construction to build new from the old. With our ECOCycle® technology we can build cities from cities, recycling up to 100% of construction and demolition materials into new solutions, so everything gets reused and nothing gets lost. With our world’s growing population and urbanization, circular construction is essential to build a future that works for people and the planet.
Holcim brought together some of the industry’s leading architects at the 2023 BAUMünchen trade fair for the launch of ECOCycle® to explore the future of circular construction.
“ECOCycle is a milestone in circular construction. By building cities from cities, we have the opportunity to reduce the usage of natural raw materials and at the same time fulfill existing needs in the building industry.” – Miljan Gutovic, Holcim Region Head Europe
“Circular construction is going to change dramatically how we are thinking and how we are building.” – Nicolas Laisné, founder of Nicolas Laisné Architectes
“We have to reduce materials and think smarter.” – Tivadar Puskas, executive director of Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure
We only have one planet but are living like we have two. With the world building the equivalent of New York City every month for the next 40 years, it is essential to stay within our planet’s boundaries while we build to improve living standards for all.
A global circular economy can reduce the materials we extract and use, making human activity compatible with the safe limits of the planet.
At Holcim, circularity is at the core of everything we do, as part of our net-zero journey.
To build new from the old, we launched our proprietary ECOCycle® circular technology platform to recycle construction and demolition materials into new building solutions. ECOCycle® is enabled by efficiently distributing, processing, grinding and recycling construction and demolition materials into new building solutions with no compromise on performance.
At least 10% recycled cONSTRUCTION and DEMOLITION MATERIALS
All products with ECOCycle® inside contain from 10% to 100% recycled construction and demolition materials.
A major opportunity to accelerate the shift to a circular economy lies in how we process construction and demolition materials – materials produced by the construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure. Construction and demolition activities generate millions of tons of waste worldwide each year.
At Holcim, we recycled nearly 7 million tons of construction and demolition materials in 2022 and aim to reach at least 10 million tons by 2025.
By reusing construction and demolition materials in the production of new building solutions, we can:
- Close the loop in construction to build new from old
- Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill
- Reduce our dependency on virgin raw material
- Make a positive impact on biodiversity by extracting fewer natural resources
CEMENT WITH ECOCYCLE® INSIDE
Closing the loop in construction
Cement with ECOCycle® inside contains at least 10% recycled construction and demolition materials.
The resource-saving cement closes the loop in construction to build new from the old while delivering 100% performance.
CONCRETE WITH ECOCYCLE® INSIDE
Enabling circular construction at scale
Concrete with ECOCycle® recycled construction and demolition materials inside suits a broad range of applications, from buildings to infrastructure, with no compromise on performance.
Making our cities circular, it is 100% recyclable at the end of its lifecycle.
AGGREGATES WITH ECOCYCLE® INSIDE
Pushing the circularity envelope
Aggregates with ECOCycle® recycled construction and demolition materials inside are driving circular construction across metropolitan areas.
Holcim’s global range of circular aggregates contain up to 100% recycled construction and demolition materials and can be used in building applications from roads to foundations.
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