ACC commits to landmark climate action

13 August 2021

One year into our pledge to become a net zero company, one of our Indian subsidiaries, has joined us on the road. ACC Ltd., part of the Holcim Group, has become the first company in the Indian construction sector to sign the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” commitment with 2030 intermediate targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

 

The challenge of rapid urbanization

India is urbanizing more rapidly than any other country. With more cities with populations of over one million than the whole of Europe combined, India is set to become the world's most populous country by 2030. According to IEA scenarios, this growth will be coupled with a large increase in energy demand, in a country where the economy is currently predominantly reliant on fossil fuels. The time is now to commit to building the necessary housing and infrastructure to accommodate this seismic population growth sustainably.

 

ACC india metro project in Nagpur
Nagpur metro, built with ACC products, relieves congestion and reduces emissions while improving the quality of life for locals

 

One year ago, Holcim Group became the first global building materials company to sign the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” pledge with intermediate targets approved by the SBTi. Today, ACC - a leading player in the Indian building materials space - has become the first company in the Indian construction sector to sign the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” commitment with 2030 intermediate targets approved by SBTI as aligned with a net zero pathway.

 

 

We have a sharp focus on becoming a net zero company and our commitment to the net zero road map is visible and on track.
We want to make a tangible difference in the areas of carbon footprint reduction, circular economy, protection of natural resources and welfare of our communities in India.

Neeraj Akhoury
CEO India, Holcim
 

ACC takes action

acc refurbished mine reservoir
Birds thrive in a water reservoir restored by ACC

With these targets, ACC commits to reduce its CO2 intensity in cement operations from 512 kg in 2018 to 409 kg CO2 per ton of cementitious material by 2030.

With 493 kg CO2 per ton of cementitious material in 2020, ACC performance is among the lowest specific CO2 emissions in the country.

 

 

 

acc refurbished mine
A refurbished mine now serves as a water reservoir

 

The company has taken several measures to reduce CO2 emissions, such as improving Thermal Substitution Rate, reducing thermal & electrical energy intensity, implementing waste heat recovery system and increasing the rate of renewable energy. ACC will continue its proactive approach to developing low carbon products and sustainable solutions.

In a country already impacted by ever more extreme climate events, this is a key commitment to ensuring Indians can build resilient greener cities that work for people and the planet.

 

holcim 2021 mumbai pune expressway built with acc cement srgb
Connecting communities with reliable and sustainable roads