Water is a natural resource and an essential part of all Holcim operational sites across the world. Although the construction material industry is typically not a large consumer of water compared to other sectors, we remain conscious of growing global water sustainability challenges.
In response to this Holcim, in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has developed and implemented a water risk assessment methodology, as part of a broad water management approach for all business units worldwide.
Striving to sustain this resource, Holcim has been employing innovative approaches alongside practical solutions and engaging with stakeholders to use water efficiently and ensure water sustainability. We have been working with sector partners to address the challenges posed in managing this precious resource.
Holcim was instrumental in developing a global water for the cement sector which was launched at the Budapest Water Summit in October 2013.
A target to reduce water consumption per tonne of product
In 2014, the Holcim Executive Committee approved a target to reduce water consumption per tonne of product by 20% by 2020, when compared to 2012. At the end of 2014 water consumption in the Aggregates sector had decreased by 37%, but had increased by 30% in the Cement sector. This is largely due to continuing implementation of the Holcim Water Measurement Protocol. This has led to more accurate measurement due to the installation of water meters but also a better understanding of definitions and what needs to be measured and reported.
- By 2030, Holcim aspires to have a positive impact on water resources in water-scarce areas
Holcim remains 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.