Holcim has become the first Australian company to publish an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for its ready-mix concrete range known as ViroDecs. The EPD discloses the lifecycle environmental impacts of Holcim’s ViroDecs product range, designed to minimise embodied carbon emissions and drive sustainable construction.
As the first concrete manufacturer in Australia to undertake an ISO compliant study and independent verification process, Holcim can now quantify for customers the total environmental impacts of its ready-mix concrete. The EPD will support developers and builders in driving improved sustainable procurement and materials selection without compromising on performance, helping shape the way the construction industry analyses the environmental impacts of buildings and infrastructure.
Describing the development of a concrete EPD as a critical missing piece to having all key infrastructure and building products represented by an EPD in Australia, Holcim CEO George Agriogiannis said, “Holcim ViroDecs sets a clear commitment to providing accurate and transparent environmental data for our customers, and a framework for continued improvement on Holcim’s part.”
The EPD covers the first three core stages of the product lifecycle, including raw material extraction, transport of raw materials, and product manufacturing.
Holcim’s ViroDecs EPD meets strict international (ISO) and European (EN) standards, is independently verified, and registered by EPD Australasia and the International EPD System.
Holcim's ViroDecs can also contribute to achieving points in Green Star and Infrastructure Sustainability rating schemes, benefitting customers that aim to be leaders in the sustainable infrastructure and building industry.
ViroDecs EPD is just one of a series of new sustainability measures driven by the LafargeHolcim 2030 Sustainability Strategy.
The ViroDecs EPD is now available for public viewing online.