Driving down emissions investing in ultra-low carbon cement

Since 2015, we have been investors in DB Group, supporting the development of an ultra-low carbon cement alternative able to help decarbonise the built environment.

Cemfree is a pioneering, totally cement-free alternative to traditional Portland cement (PC) - concrete’s most carbon-expensive material - and an established solution proven to deliver the largest carbon reduction in cement applications within the market.

The key benefits of Cemfree include:

  • Significant reduction in embodied CO2 of up to 85% 
  • Supports circular economy principles by utilising industry by-products
  • Enhanced durability; improved chemical resistance and performance, as well as better aesthetics (whiter than white cement) 

 Cemfree has been successfully used in a several high-profile projects and by industry-leading organisations including High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, The Environment Agency, Thames Tideway Tunnel, Highways England’s A14 £1.5bn upgrade scheme, and Network Rail’s Chatham Station development. 

Within Grosvenor’s own property activities, Cemfree was used in the development of Eccleston Yards in Belgravia, resulting in a reduction of 31 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to planting 153 trees or taking 18 cars off the road for a whole year. The product will also be used as part of the development of Grosvenor’s first net zero carbon office development, Holbein Gardens.

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Michael O'Neill

Director, Investment & Portfolio, Grosvenor Food & AgTech

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