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By Alithea De Jesus

While many are still dilly-dallying in embarking on sustainability as part of their business agenda, leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. takes this sustainability and innovation to the heart as it recently unveiled its flagship product the Excel ECOPlanet.

More than the rebranding effort, Holcim’s Excel ECOPlanet takes pride in the significant changes they are taking such as the reduction of
the carbon footprint in the product while still delivering equal to better construction performance.

But in terms of excellent performance, nothing has been reduced in Excel ECOPlanet except the carbon footprint and just like before, it will continue to provide quality for general construction applications, with concrete made durable due to its high resistance to sulfate and low porosity. Not to mention that it will also improve workability and minimize shrinkage and cracks in concrete.

From left, Horia Adrian – CEO Holcim Philippines, and Albert Leoveras Head of Retail Sales, Holcim Philippines during the intimate media briefing

Launched over 20 years ago, Excel was among the first blended cements produced by Holcim Philippines for general construction and has become one of the most trusted brands in the market with over two billion bags sold. Through the company’s continuous improvement
initiatives, the product’s carbon footprint is now at least 30% lower than Ordinary Portland Cement qualifying it to bear the ECOPlanet mark, which is reserved for the Holcim Group’s line of high-performance and eco-friendly cements.

Introduced by the Holcim Group in 2021, ECOPlanet is the world’s broadest range of green cement with at least 30% lower emissions to help builders all over the world reduce the carbon footprint of construction.

Holcim Philippines President and CEO Horia Adrian: “Excel ECOPlanet is an important milestone in our sustainability journey in the Philippines. It combines the strong legacy of Excel in the country and the Group’s direction of accelerating innovation to decarbonize
building. We are proud that Excel is classified as an ECOPlanet product and excited to see our customers continue using this in building progress in the country.”

In relation to this, Holcim Philippines will run a campaign called “Likas at Lakas” to underscore its commitment to provide sustainable products for building strong and durable structures. Since 2018, Holcim Philippines has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 20% by
producing more blended cements, replacing coal with qualified wastes as alternative fuels and raw materials, and improving the efficiency of operations. The company has accelerated innovations to produce a wider variety of high-performance blended cement for specific
applications such as Solido for roads, Aqua-X for water protection, and WallRight Prime for masonry.

The company’s carbon footprint reduction program is aligned with the Holcim Group’s net zero direction and the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions. Aside from its own initiatives, Holcim Philippines is working with key stakeholders to encourage the consumption of low-carbon products to help reduce the footprint of the built environment.

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