LafargeHolcim’s “The 2030 Plan” provides a roadmap for the building materials company to improve the sustainability performance of its operations as well as the entire construction industry.
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Editor’s Note: The following text is excerpted from LafargeHolcim’s “The 2030 Plan” at a Glance.
As LafargeHolcim, we want to lead in sustainability and set new standards. As the global leader in the construction materials industry, we have both the opportunity and responsibility to make a positive difference. How will we do this?
“The 2030 Plan” focuses on how we can improve the sustainability of our operations and come up with innovative, sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure. Our plan also looks beyond our own business activities to our wider industry. We are committed to working in partnerships to make the entire construction value chain more innovative and more mindful of the use of resources and the impact on nature. And we are committed to improving communities’ lives by providing solutions to their challenges. Ultimately, we believe “The 2030 Plan” will help us do better—for communities and the planet, as well as our business. It will help us build for tomorrow.
We will lead through innovation and develop products, services and solutions with enhanced environmental and social performance. We will be a thought-leader in our sector and drive transformation along the construction value chain. We will identify, promote and reward the most progressive thinking in the construction industry via the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.
We want to generate one-third of our revenue from our “2030 Solutions”—a portfolio of products and services with enhanced sustainability performance.
Our industry is critical—construction materials are part of infrastructure, housing, public and commercial buildings all over the world.
We will continue our mission to cut net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per metric ton of cement. We will also help our customers avoid CO2 emissions being released from buildings and infrastructure throughout their entire life-cycle using our portfolio of sustainable products and services.
By 2030, we want to produce 40 percent less net CO2 per metric ton of cement than we did in 1990—representing an additional effort of 19 percent reduction if we consider 2014 as reference year. This will help us remain the most CO2 efficient global business in our sector. In line with the global climate agreement made at COP21 (2015 Paris Climate Conference), we commit to revising this target every five years to adapt to technical innovations and changes to climate change regulations. By 2030, we want to help our customers avoid 10 million metric tons of CO2 released every year from buildings and infrastructure by using our innovative solutions.
Natural resources are becoming scarce. In waste we see solutions. We’re innovating and developing new, sustainable ways to use waste and creating products that live beyond their initial purpose.
We will create more value from waste by transforming it into resources for all our production processes—providing sustainable waste treatment solutions. In urban areas, we will use construction and demolition waste to produce recycled aggregates.
By 2030, we want to use 80 million metric tons of resources made from waste in our operations each year and we want to supply four times more recycled aggregates and reclaimed asphalt pavement than today.
WATER & NATURE
Water shortage is one of the big issues our planet faces and we need water to make our products so we’re making it our mission to reduce the amount of freshwater we withdraw from nature and use it carefully. In dry areas, we give more water to communities and ecosystems than we take. And we take care of biodiversity in all the areas where we operate.
We will give more water to communities and nature than we take in water-scarce areas. We want to demonstrate a global positive change to biodiversity in our mining sites. We will provide appropriate hygiene conditions of all workers on our sites.
By 2030, we want to achieve a 30 percent reduction in the amount of freshwater we withdraw from nature to produce each metric ton of cement. We want to make a positive difference to water resources in areas where it’s scarce. We want to demonstrate a global positive change for biodiversity by 2030. We want to make sure all our employees and contractors can access safe water, sanitation and hygiene on all our operational sites.
PEOPLE & COMMUNITIES
Rising populations and urbanization are changing the way we live and work. We’re continuing to put health and safety at the heart of everything we do. We’re also making a difference by giving communities safe, healthy shelter through affordable housing. And we’re fighting for fairness by taking a stand against bribery and workplace inequality.
By 2030, we want to help 75 million people live better lives through our affordable housing solutions, our inclusive business initiatives and our social investments.
MAKING IT HAPPEN
Today, “The 2030 Plan” is a vision, a roadmap. In just over a decade our ambition will be a reality. But we can’t do it alone. It takes all of us—everyone working at LafargeHolcim, everyone we partner with, everyone working in the construction industry—to make it happen. We want you to get involved in “The 2030 Plan”.
Whether you’re a LafargeHolcim employee with a story to share, a customer with an idea for how we could do something better, or an organization who would like to work with us, please get in touch with us.