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LAFARGE - Green Honour For Lafarge Readymix

LAFARGE Readymix has received an International Green Hero wall-shield for its environmental innovation and efforts to extend eco-friendly practice.

The honour, from prestigious eco-champions, The Green Organisation, comes on top of Lafarge’s earlier Green Apple award.

Jeremy Greenwood, managing director, Readymix, a unit of Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK, was presented with the wall-shield by Trevor Bayliss OBE – famed for inventing the wind-up radio.

Readymix’s success in the awards comes in recognition of its flooring concrete, Extensia™, a unique, more environmentally friendly, low-shrink product which can help reduce the CO2 emissions of construction by 20 per cent compared to conventional concrete.

Jeremy said:

“This is a true honour. Being recognised by The Green Organisation for one award is fantastic but to receive Green Hero status is outstanding and just goes to show that all the hard work of our employees has paid off.
“I am so proud of each and every member of the business for all their efforts in extremely challenging times.
“Innovation has always been at the heart of Lafarge’s philosophy and we also take our responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment extremely seriously.
“Creating products such as Extensia™ is one way in which we can help fulfil both those commitments.
“We will continue to innovate to build a better future and we hope our success can inspire others to meet the environmental challenges we all face.”

Lafarge and Extensia™ will also be featured in The Green Book, the world’s only work of reference on environmental best practice, distributed globally with the intention of inspiring future ecologically sound innovation.

Extensia’s™ Green Apple Award came in the Environmental Best Practice category. The material was entered under the project title Bringing New Dimensions to Concrete.

The judges said:

“As Lafarge claim to be the only concrete producer that routinely invests in R&D, it is no surprise they have created the true 21st century concrete.
“Extensia™ uses significantly less energy and materials in its production and has better environmental performance and recyclability throughout its life.”

Unlike conventional concrete Extensia™ features low shrinkage properties which reduce cracking, decrease drying deformities and minimise porosity.

The advanced formulation means there is no need to include steel mesh or steel fibre to control drying shrinkage and this absence of steel makes it 100 per cent recyclable.

Its high flexural strength also means it can be laid in thinner slabs, reducing the total amount of concrete required.

This breakthrough means the use of Extensia™ can reduce the carbon emissions of the construction process by up to 20 per cent compared with using conventional concrete.

The Green Organisation national organiser, Roger Wolens commented:

“To show continued interest in environmental issues during the current financial climate shows great foresight and Lafarge Readymix deserve the recognition of being Green Apple Award winners.
“To then go further and become International Green Heroes is an even bolder statement of environmental intent. Organisations that help others to help the environment are demonstrating a serious commitment to the world around them. They invest in a better future for us all and deserve to be recognised for their efforts.”

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit ,environmental group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

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