Nature

We will replenish the freshwater we use and make a measurable positive impact on biodiversity, building a nature-positive future.

 
 

We are committed to delivering a nature-positive future. For Holcim, nature encompasses two main elements: water and biodiversity. We will protect and restore the natural resources we rely on.

  • Our nature-positive strategy places us among the 1% of the 500 largest global companies with science-driven biodiversity targets1
  • We set industry-leading commitment to replenish freshwater in water-risk areas by 2030 and targets to lower water intensity across all product lines
  • We will drive the nature-based approach in our products and solutions to bring nature into cities, tackling challenges such as Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIF), biodiversity loss, water pollution, soil and air quality

Our nature-positive journey

We will accelerate and optimise our impacts by working with relevant stakeholders including communities, businesses, non-government organizations to increase water use efficiency, ensure enough clean water exists for all, and protect and restore biodiversity. We will make cities greener from foundation to rooftop by developing and deploying the nature-based approach across our products and solutions. We will help shape a world that works for people and the planet.

We are part of the solution.

 

1 Review of the top 500 companies of the Forbes Global 2000.

 
33
%
reduction in specific freshwater withdrawal in Cement

reduction in specific freshwater withdrawal in Cement

by 2030, compared to 2018 baseline

 
20
%
reduction in specific freshwater withdrawal in Aggregates

reduction in specific freshwater withdrawal in Aggregates

by 2030, compared to 2018 baseline

 
15
%
reduction in specific freshwater withdrawal in Ready-Mix Concrete

reduction in specific freshwater withdrawal in Ready-Mix Concrete

by 2030, compared to 2018 baseline

 
75
%
of sites to be water-positive in water risk areas

of sites to be water-positive in water risk areas

 
100
%
of sites in water risk areas to be equipped with water recycling systems by 2030

of sites in water risk areas to be equipped with water recycling systems by 2030

 
100
%
of our water discharged will meet Holcim water quality standards and in-country regulations enhancing water quality and protecting biodiversity by 2026

of our water discharged will meet Holcim water quality standards and in-country regulations enhancing water quality and protecting biodiversity by 2026

 
100
%
of quarries to have Biodiversity management plans & rehabilitation plans by 2022

of quarries to have Biodiversity management plans & rehabilitation plans by 2022

 

We commit to a measurable positive impact on Biodiversity backed by scientific standards by 2030

 

Global BIRS baseline completed in all managed land by 2024

 

All our suppliers with high environmental impact will have a recognized system in place to identify and manage the environmental impacts of their operations by 2022

Biodiversity


Our operations are strongly linked to natural resources and our business plays a key role in tackling biodiversity loss and degradation. We work with nature in a transformative way. We will drive the nature-based approach to our products and solutions to bring nature into cities.

Water


We commit to protecting the availability of freshwater resources and restoring the water we use to an equal or better quality, while promoting efficient water practices in our sites. We implement water stewardship actions in our own operations and beyond.