Climate responsibility

With innovation and sustainability at the heart of everything we do, we are building a world that works for people and the planet. Shaping a world that is greener, we are committed to becoming a net zero company to play our part to limit global warming to under 1.5°C. We are at the forefront of carbon neutral and circular building materials and solutions.

 

The time for climate action is now

Building does everything from meeting basic human needs to enabling social progress to giving shape to people’s aspirations. We aim to grow our business while addressing key challenges such as climate change and urbanization. We are taking a rigorous, science-driven approach to our net zero journey and have set ourselves the most ambitious climate objectives of our industry, validated by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). We are now working together to establish the industry’s very first benchmark for aligning climate goals to a 1.5°C future for cement.

 

We’ve accelerated our actions in 2020

Sustainability is at the core of our strategy as we make the transition towards low-carbon construction and driving a circular economy. We provide materials and solutions for a circular, low-carbon and inclusive world, re-shaping the way our industry builds.

 
Net zero pledge

Industry-leading 2030 climate targets, validated by SBTi. Setting the first net zero roadmap in the cement sector, in partnership with SBTi.

 
Green building solutions

Global launch of ECOPact, the world’s broadest range of green concrete, followed by EcoLabel, identifying the environmental benefits of our green products.

 
Circular economy

In 2020, we recycled 46m tons of materials across our business, using construction and demolition waste wherever we can.

 
Green energy

We partner around the world to install renewable energy facilities to power our sites, from Paulding, Ohio USA to Leffe, Belgium.

 
Green finance

In 2020, we reached CHF 6bn in ESG-related funding agreements and we have successfully launched the first sustainability-linked bond in the industry.

 
Global recognition

An A ranking in the CDP list puts us among the world’s top companies driving the climate agenda. Our net zero pledge was named the 2021 "Net Zero Carbon Strategy of the Year" at the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards. We are among the top 3 innovators in urban development thanks to our sustainable building materials.

 
Academic partnerships

We engage with an academic network to help us achieve sustainability and innovation excellence. We are a founding member of the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium, expanding our academic network to over 40 leading universities in materials science, civil engineering and sustainable construction. The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction works with some of the world’s leading technical universities.