Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With PLC

The same durable, resilient concrete you depend on can now reduce your carbon footprint by 10%.

Easy. Proven. Readily available.


Same durability.

Same resilience.

10% carbon footprint reduction.


Portland-limestone cement is engineered with a higher limestone content. PLC (Type IL) gives specifiers, architects, engineers, producers, and designers a greener way to execute any structure, paving, or geotech project, with virtually no modifications to mix design or placing procedures. All while maintaining the resilience and sustainability you’ve come to expect from portland cement concrete.


*Typically, PLC can reduce your carbon footprint by 10%.

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Tested & Proven

Decades of research, testing, and use by cement manufacturers, ready mix producers, and builders prove PLC performs as well as portland cement.

1:1 Replacement & Performance

Same mixing and handling. Same strength and durability. If you work with cement and concrete, you already know how to work with PLC.

Applications & Uses

Structures. Bridges. Paving. Geotech. Anywhere you use ordinary portland cement, you can use PLC.

Worldwide Acceptance

US, Canadian, and European standards define and support PLC's global usage.

Click here for guidance on adding PLC (Type IL) specifications to your project.

CO2 Calculator

See how much CO2 you can save using PLC (Type IL).
Enter your building size or pavement length to see how much you can reduce your carbon footprint.

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To view the assumptions made on these calculations, see our advanced calculator.

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4 Million Metric Tons of PLC used in US 2012-2018


Case Studies

A Colorado First:
Highway 287

PLC Helps CDOT Meet the State’s Climate Action Plan

Innovative Concrete Mixes and Delivery Improve Sustainability of Drexel’s New Tower

PLC: Advantageous for Lightweight Concrete Construction

Tennessee DOT Selects PLC Mixes for Bridge Deck Replacement

TDOT Reduces Environmental Impact of Infrastructure Projects



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Check out a few of the most frequently asked questions here or submit a question to the experts.

Q: What is the difference between PLC and OPC?

Q: Is PLC specified as a Type IL or a Type GUL?

Q: Is the handling and placing of PLC concrete different than “regular” concrete?

If you have any further questions, contact your local sales rep or check out our Partners.

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