Low Carbon Materials (LCM) is a climate tech company focusing on developing low-carbon, next-generation construction material alternatives in the race to Net-Zero.
LCM is a multi-award-winning and purpose-led company, focused on the creation of new-age building materials to provide solutions to the built environment’s biggest challenges, all developed with the planet in mind.
OSTO, LCM’s flagship product, has been recognised by the prestigious Earthshot Prize, a global award that celebrates the most innovative solutions to protect and restore our planet. Our vision is to be a world leader in low-carbon and environmentally friendly construction materials - OSTO is just the start.
Low Carbon Materials was born out of a desire co-founders Dr. Natasha Boulding, Dr. Phil Buckley, and Scott Bush shared to develop materials that could be used widely and would positively impact the environment by reducing carbon emissions and finding a use for waste materials.
Recognising the role and dependency on concrete in the built environment, which accounts for 8% of global carbon emissions led to the development of our flagship product, OSTO®. We identified an opportunity to create an aggregate that could be used in the production of concrete, as a substitute for other lightweight aggregates - with the potential to drastically reduce carbon emissions.
In 2022, we were nominated as a finalist in Prince William's prestigious Earthshot Prize to 'Fix our Climate'. The award acknowledged LCM's innovative work to tackle climate change and lower carbon emissions. Over the past few years, we have experienced significant growth, expanding our production capacity and diversifying our product range. This has led to achieving a series of award wins, investment, and business acceleration support, followed by ever-growing interest and demand from the construction sector and groups concerned with lowering carbon emissions.
We have achieved international recognition in a short space of time, accumulating a series of awards, business support and acceleration for our science-led, hugely innovative, carbon-negative aggregate.
The Innovation Awards Winner (2023)
Constructing Excellence North East (2023)
Forbes 30 UNDER 30 (2023)
Impact Award - IChemE (2023)
The Times – 1 or 3 construction rising stars (2023)
The Earthshot Prize ‘Fix our Climate’ Finalist (2022)
Holcim Accelerator (2022)
Creative Destruction Lab (2022)
Innovate UK Women in Innovation Award (2021)
LKYBPC (NUS, Singapore) Finalist (2021)
North-East Start Up Award Winner (2020)
FSB Environmental Award Finalist (2020)
UNiDAYS Woman of the Year Finalist (2020)
Durham City Incubator (2018)
Durham University Early Career Researcher Award (2019)
Durham University Blueprint & Live Pitch Winner (2018)
SCI Bright SCIdea Winner (2018)