Water

We commit to protecting the availability of freshwater resources. Freshwater is a finite resource. Of all the water on earth, just 3% is freshwater and less than 1% is both fresh and accessible.

Water is essential for cement, aggregates and ready mix concrete production. Of our sites, 23% are in the medium to high water risk areas. As water is a local resource, we tailor our solutions to local conditions and we prioritize our actions on these sites.

 

Our 2030 water stewardship commitments

 
262
L
Freshwater withdrawal per ton of cementitious material by 2030

Freshwater withdrawal per ton of cementitious material by 2030

In 2020, we reached 273L freshwater withdrawal per ton of cementitious material.

 
262
L
Freshwater withdrawal per ton of Aggregates by 2030

Freshwater withdrawal per ton of Aggregates by 2030

In 2020, we reached 207 L freshwater withdrawal per ton of aggregates.

 
220
L
Freshwater withdrawal per m3 of Ready Mix Concrete by 2030

Freshwater withdrawal per m3 of Ready Mix Concrete by 2030

In 2020, we reached 227 L freshwater withdrawal per m3 of Ready Mix Concrete.
 
100
%
of our sites in medium, high and extremely high water risk areas to be equipped with recycling systems

of our sites in medium, high and extremely high water risk areas to be equipped with recycling systems

Today, 72% of our sites in water risk areas are equipped with recycling systems

Water risk assessment was conducted using the World Resource Institute Aqueduct Water Tool

 

Product innovation for water

Holcim provides a number of solutions to our customers with a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems.

 

is a water management system that rapidly absorbs rainwater from streets, parking surfaces, driveways, and walk-ways - to reduce the risk of flooding. This permeable solution combines the properties of concrete and advanced drainage technology. Hydromedia enables the ultra-rapid evacuation of water directly into the soil. This produces a natural aquifer recharge or allows the water to be recycled.

 

is a concrete with inbuilt provision of curing water. Under normal environmental conditions (evaporation rate < 0.5 kg/m2/hr), it facilitates elimination of any external curing without compromising the design performance of the concrete. It saves 70 liters of water per square meter of concrete floor.

 

is a workable cement. Thanks to an innovative design, the bag cement sold to retail and masons requires up to 25% less water while providing significant superior performance.