New CO2 targets: "From materials to buildings"

23 June 2011

Today Lafarge announced new CO2 targets. These are divided into two key areas:

  • a 33% reduction of CO2 emissions per ton of cement produced by the end of 2020, compared with 1990 levels;
  • an innovative sustainable construction commitment based on solutions that enable the design of "low-energy" buildings that will be used tomorrow.

These objectives have been developed by Lafarge within the framework of its partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

► Cut CO2 emissions by 33% per ton of cement by end-2020 (base 1990)

As a first step, in the context of its partnership with WWF International, Lafarge had committed to reducing its CO2 emissions per ton of cement by 20% between 1990 and 2010. Not only was this target met one year ahead of schedule in 2009, but it was also exceeded, as the Group achieved a 21.7% reduction in its CO2 emissions per ton of cement at the end of 2010. Today, every ton of cement produced by Lafarge emits an average of 606kg of CO2, 168kg less than in 1990.

Thanks to its new target of cutting CO2 emissions by 33% per ton of cement produced, the Group will emit an average of 518kg of CO2 per ton of cement produced in 2020, around 250kg less than in 1990.

► Develop innovative solutions for sustainable construction by 2015

Buildings currently account for 40% of global primary energy consumption; reducing this is one of the key challenges of efforts to combat climate change. This energy is mainly consumed through its daily use during the lifetime of the building. Lafarge is therefore undertaking to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings and reduce their carbon footprint, by setting clear objectives for 2015:

  • develop 10 new ranges of innovative construction products or solutions, from its research projects;
  • contribute to the design of 500 construction projects that are more energy-efficient.

Following the announcement of these new objectives, Bruno Lafont, Chairman and CEO of Lafarge, commented: "Lafarge has made the reduction of its CO2 emissions a major objective, and has met its commitments. I am pleased with our partnership with WWF, which helps us to progress even faster. It is no longer a matter of just reducing the CO2 emitted in the production of our materials, but also of developing construction solutions for buildings that consume less energy."


Additional Information

Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 16.2 billion in 2010.

Lafarge was ranked 6th in the "Carbon Disclosure Project" and entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

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