ACC Ltd, Ambuja Cements tie-up with IIT Madras for Green and Sustainable Solutions

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Source: ACC Limited Media Release

ACC Ltd and Ambuja Cements Ltd, the main operating companies of the cement major LafargeHolcim in India, have partnered with the highly reputed Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) to develop green and sustainable building solutions.

The rising global demand for building materials substantiates the need for sustainable solutions. This academic collaboration is born out of the Company’s vision to re-invent how the world is built to make it greener, smarter and sustainable for all. The collaborative research study will be financially aided by LafargeHolcim Innovation Centre (LHIC) focusing on ‘Binder Optimization for Alternate Reinforcements’.

“To accelerate our mission to become a net-zero company, we consistently work towards developing low carbon to carbon-neutral construction solutions in partnership with academia. Collaborating with IIT Madras is a step in that direction. We are looking forward to working with some of the most talented and brilliant minds in the country and our association will help us create a positive environmental impact.” said, Mr. Neeraj Akhoury, CEO LafargeHolcim India and Managing Director & CEO, Ambuja Cements Limited.

This research will delve into the optimized use of low CO2 binders with a combination of alternative reinforcement, as a potential substitute for conventional steel rebar, thereby significantly reducing the CO2 footprints of construction. With the rising environmental concerns, it is imperative for the building material players to provide sustainable solutions to the end users, giving them the choice to build green at all points of their projects.

“Our collaboration with the leading global construction materials group will provide immense value for the research team at IIT Madras. We are looking forward to continuing support from companies in the construction sector for our endeavours to build a greener tomorrow through relevant technology, innovation and knowledge for propelling sustainable changes.” said, Professor Ravindra Gettu, Dean, Industrial Consultancy & Sponsored Research, IIT Madras Having already partnered with more than 40 leading universities across the globe, this collaboration is another big step for the LHIC towards developing low carbon materials and solutions.

ACC and Ambuja Cements continue their quest of making the planet a better place by expanding their academic collaborations, and contributions from the best minds across the globe.

About Ambuja Cement: Ambuja Cements Ltd., a part of the global conglomerate LafargeHolcim, is among the leading cement companies in India. Ambuja Cement has provided hassle-free, home-building solutions with its unique sustainable development projects and environment-friendly practices since it started operations. Currently, Ambuja Cement has a cement capacity of 29.65 million tonnes with five integrated cement manufacturing plants and eight cement grinding units across the country. The company has many firsts to its credit – a captive port with four terminals that has facilitated timely, cost-effective, cleaner shipments of bulk cement to its customers. To further add value to customers, the company has launched innovative products like Ambuja Plus Roof Special, Ambuja Plus Cool Walls, Ambuja Compocem and Ambuja Kawach. The new products not only fulfil important customer needs but also help in significantly reducing carbon footprints.

About ACC: ACC Limited, a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, is one of India’s leading producers of cement and ready mixed concrete. It has 6500 employees, 17 cement manufacturing sites, 89 concrete plants and a nationwide network of over 50,000 retail outlets to serve its customers. With a world-class R&D centre in Mumbai, the quality of ACC’s products and services, as well as its commitment to technological development, make it a preferred brand in building materials. Established in 1936, ACC is counted among the country’s 'Most Sustainable Companies' and it is recognized for its best practices in environment management and corporate citizenship