Concrete production is responsible for 4 to 8% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, with only coal, oil, and gas producing more. Half of those emissions come from the manufacture of clinker. With a production capacity of 130,000 cubic metres (170,000 cubic yards) of concrete per year, Entreprise Monégasque de Travaux (EMT) and Ecotrans are committed to going green. They specialise in the production, sale, and transport of ready-mixed low-carbon concrete made from cement, ground granulated blast-furnace slag, fly ash, and aggregates. EMT uses slag from steel production waste and fly ash sourced from power plants to produce concrete, an approach that has lowered carbon emissions from 365 kg/m3 to 150 to 200 kilograms. The Monaco-based company’s commitment doesn’t stop there: Its fleet of concrete mixers from Scania, fueled by rapeseed biodiesel, further contributes to their sustainability goals.
More Than Words
“We are committed to the environment,” says EMT and Ecotrans President Philippe Ortelli. “These are not just words but the heartfelt commitment of the group.”
Ecotrans uses Scania P 410 concrete mixers which can easily manoeuvre through Monaco’s dense traffic and Scania XTs with reinforced chassis to manage a gross weight of 44 tonnes (48.5 U.S. tons), which aids their environmental goals. “More volume of concrete transported per truck means fewer trucks on the roads and lower CO2 emissions,” says Ecotrans Managing Director Éric Humilier. “We have estimated the reduction in traffic at 33%.”
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