YTL Cement Exhibition Booth Showcase at The Edge Sustainable Construction Symposium
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 July 2023 – YTL Cement, Malaysia’s largest building materials group recently launched its ECO Product Range, certified with lower embodied carbon and recycled materials content, in response to the construction industry’s rising need for more environmentally friendly building solutions. The ECO Product Range was unveiled at the recently concluded Sustainable Construction Symposium hosted by The Edge Media Group.
Dato’ Sri Michael Yeoh, Managing Director, YTL Cement, presenting the welcome remarks at The Edge Sustainable Construction Symposium
In his opening speech at the event, Dato’ Sri Michael Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Cement said that the construction industry has been grappling with the complex challenge of maintaining financial performance while simultaneously improving ESG performance.
“Conversations around sustainability are gaining momentum, and there is a pressing need for all of us to step up. We recognize the finite nature of the resources we utilize in the construction sector, and as our industry expands, it becomes imperative that we prioritize sustainability in our operations. Hence, industry players must re-evaluate our actions, strategies, and objectives,” he added.
Recognizing this urgency, YTL Cement has introduced Malaysia’s first ECO Product Range which consists of ECOCem, ECOConcrete, ECOSand, and ECODrymix.
YTL Cement’s range of cement with lower embodied carbon, ECOCem, contains up to 40% recycled materials and a lower percentage of virgin materials. The carbon intensity of products in this range is 20 percent to 50 percent lower compared to Portland Cement (OPC). The ECOCem range consists of various green label certified products, such as SIRIM Eco-Label, Singapore Green Label, and Singapore Green Building Product certification for applications requiring higher late strength and durability such as underground structures and bridges. Each manufacturing plant for the ECOCem is also equipped with ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory for rigorous quality control.
ECOConcrete is a ready-mixed concrete with 20 percent to 60 percent lower embodied carbon content compared to conventional (CEM I) concrete. It is made with cement produced with alternative materials to achieve embodied carbon reduction. The range includes custom mixes to match different construction needs such as FlowBuild Pro – a self-consolidating concrete, SuperBuild – a high-strength concrete and CoolBuild for high-rise buildings.
ECOSand is YTL Cement’s high-quality engineered sand. YTL Cement’s unique production process produces ECOSand that is superior in particle shape, has consistent size distribution and contains no organic impurities. These cubical-shaped fine aggregates are ideal for ready-mixed concrete, and precast concrete applications. By using ECOSand, the environmental concerns of sand mining are negated altogether, contributing to sustainable construction.
ECODrymix is a range of environmentally friendly premix mortars. Occupant health is an important criterion for construction materials applied indoors. YTL Cement meets this need with its certified low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) ECODrymix. The range includes products for construction and repairs to achieve the perfect wall and floor.
Clarisse Loh, Head of Sustainability, YTL Cement, sharing her presentation on ‘Cement, A Sustainable Building Material?’ at The Edge Sustainable Construction Symposium
Clarisse Loh, YTL Cement’s Head of Sustainability, highlighted that the company’s nation-building legacy has equipped YTL Cement with the knowledge and expertise to develop pioneering solutions supporting the industry’s transition to sustainable construction.
“To thrive in the construction sector, industry players need to address both sustainability and operational challenges such as labor shortage, rising costs, and workforce competency. Our ECO Product Range is developed with those challenges in mind, and we believe that our sustainable products can help contribute towards reducing the environmental impact of construction projects while addressing the industry’s various challenges,” added Loh.
To learn more about YTL Cement’s sustainable products and offerings, please visit www.ytlcement.com/eco-products.