We have a continuing commitment to a wide variety of measures to mitigate our CO2 emissions, such as improving the energy efficiency of our own operations and substituting fossil fuels for lower-carbon alternatives.

But the global climate challenge requires an altogether more collaborative and far-reaching response.

As a forward-looking and responsible company, our approach to sustainability must reach beyond our own business and encompass our entire value chain. Throughout the building lifecycle, there is great potential for carbon reduction so instead of focusing on just our own operations, we recognize our responsibility to make all the elements in our value chain more sustainable.

Therefore, by 2030, we aspire to maintain net absolute CO2 emissions at 2013 levels, across the whole lifecycle of our products.

Avoiding a net increase in absolute carbon emissions is an ambitious undertaking. It requires us to cap our carbon footprint, regardless of the expected growth in the volume of cement we produce. It acknowledges that any increases in emissions from our operations will be offset or compensated through products, services and solutions that reduce emissions from buildings, infrastructure and transportation.

By doing so, we adopt a pioneering approach in our industry, becoming the first to not only monitor and account for CO2 savings beyond our own operations, but also set an ambition on absolute emissions.

Our pathway to achieving the Holcim Ambition for Climate:


  • Reduce specific CO2 emissions by 25% compared with 1990 levels


  • Reduce specific CO2 emissions by 30% compared with 1990 levels


  • Achieve no net increase in CO2 emissions compared with 2013 levels1

This means that any increase in absolute net CO2 emissions from operations compared with 2013 needs to be smaller than the amount of emissions that Holcim contributes to reduce outside operations.