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    Crow to take O.C.O Technology to new heights in sustainability

    Environmental industry expert Martin Crow has joined
    carbon capture technology specialists O.C.O Technology as a consultant to
    spearhead the launch of a new sustainability programme.

    It marks the latest stage in Crow’s award-winning
    career which spans over 40 years, including more than two decades with Hanson
    UK, most recently as senior sustainability manager.

    Steve Greig, managing director of O.C.O Technology,
    sees his involvement as a “real coup” for the business, which uses its Accelerated Carbonation Technology (ACT)
    process to treat a wide range of thermal wastes, producing
    the world’s first truly carbon negative aggregate M-LS (short for Manufactured
    LimeStone).

    It is suitable for a wide range of applications across the construction industry, including blocks,
    precast and ready-mix concrete.

    “We know that as we continue to grow on the
    international stage and broaden our areas of expertise, customers want to know
    that our world-leading technology is underpinned with a clear commitment to
    environmental and sustainability policies,” said Greig.

    “Martin is very well-known and highly-respected within
    the minerals environmental sector and we can think of no-one better in terms of
    industry expertise and knowledge to help us deliver those goals.”

    Crow, who was recently presented with an MPA Special
    Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Mineral Products Association, will be
    focusing on areas including attainment of the BRE’s BES 6001 certification on
    responsible sourcing of construction products; and working towards achieving an
    Environmental
    Product Declaration (EPD), which focuses on the life-cycle environmental impact
    of products.

    Crow commented: “I am delighted to be working
    alongside the O.C.O Technology team. The innovative processes they have
    developed combine the circular economy with carbon utilisation and are already
    delivering impressive benefits, not only to the construction industry, but also
    in terms of treatment options for the waste sector.

    “I look forward to developing the necessary strategies
    and protocols around a strong sustainability platform that will help shape the
    business into a global force in years to come.”

    M-LS gains its carbon negative credentials because more carbon
    dioxide (CO2) is permanently captured than is generated
    during its manufacturing process.
    For every tonne of M-LS aggregate used, 1.4 tonnes of natural aggregate is
    saved.

    In 2019, it is
    estimated that M-LS BlockMix, specially formulated for use in concrete masonry
    blocks, was used in well over 25 million blocks – the equivalent to building
    more than 10,000 three-bedroom homes.