Maximize the use of secondary resources Impact positively on water and show a positive change for biodiversity. We appreciate that our business success depends on nature and ecosystem services. That is why we have set ourselves very clear targets to be less dependent on primary materials and manage natural resources and ecosystems in a sustainable way. 


By 2030, we aspire to use 1 billion tonnes of secondary resources, replacing approximately 25% of the primary materials we need. 

We will replace more fossil fuels with alternative energy sources, and increase our use of industrial by-products such as fly ash and slag.

We will also use more construction and demolition waste replacing natural resources.

These waste solutions also provide a valuable service for our local communities, by offering a responsible solution to the ever-increasing problem of waste.

The benefits include better health, environmental protection and even provision of livelihoods.

We aspire to have a positive impact on water resources in water-scarce areas by 2030. 


We remain conscious of how precious water is. We will continue to manage water resources even more efficiently, equitably and sustainably. In water-scarce areas, Holcim sites will work to provide more water to communities than they use by, for example, building check dams and reservoir pits. 


By 2030, we also aspire to achieve a positive change for biodiversity. 


By 2020, we will use a biodiversity reporting system we have developed with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to assess our extraction sites against a number of habitat indicators and report year-on-year improvements in biodiversity management. Between 2020 and 2030, we aspire to demonstrate a positive change for biodiversity. 


Our pathway to achieving the Holcim Ambition for Resources:


  • Define our operational water footprint across all sites
  • Implement Biodiversity Action Plans for all sensitive sites



  • Achieve a Thermal Substitution Rate of 20%
  • Use 10 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste and other alternative aggregates
  • Improve water efficiency by 20% compared with 2012 and meet water-quality criteria in all sites
  • Assess the biodiversity quality at all our extraction sites



  • Use 1 billion tonnes of secondary materials between 2013 and 2030
  • Positive impact on water resources in water‑scarce areas
  • Positive impact on biodiversity across the Group 
  • helping to meet the housing and mobility needs of millions of people
  • providing the materials that make modern structures more resilient and sustainable
  • leveraging new markets and including low-income customers and producers at the “base of the pyramid”