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Making concrete while the sun shines: Holcim powers Humes



Holcim subsidiary Humes has confirmed 10 of its sites across Australia will benefit from solar power systems by the end of March to produce more sustainable concrete.

Humes is Australia’s leading provider of engineered concrete products for civil construction applications such as stormwater, sewerage, bridges, tunnels, irrigation and walling.

To facilitate this product range, 1.1 million kilowatts of annual solar power will be installed across the company’s sites.

These locations include: Townsville, Rockhampton and Ipswich in Queensland; Tamworth and Blacktown in New South Wales; Laverton and Echuca in Victoria; Pooraka in South Australia; Darwin in the Northern Territory; and Welshpool in Western Australia.

Pooraka has already begun to enjoy the benefits of solar power, having been one of the first installations, and is now frequently energy positive. This means the site produces more energy through its solar power systems than it consumes.

Humes national sales manager for maintenance and mould Jonathan Dunlop said this sustainable initiative was a great idea for the business.

“Our solar panels have been an excellent addition to the site, benefitting both the environment and our bottom line,” Dunlop said.

Holcim has been very public about its commitments to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and smashed one of its checkpoints last year when it ticked off Strategy 2022 a year in advance.

Earlier in January, Holcim also announced a partnership with Bloomberg Media to begin the Circular Cities Barometer to advocate for circular construction in fast developing urban settings.

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