Becoming a net zero company: Our pledge in numbers

Leading the way in green construction, Holcim was the first global building materials company to sign the UNGC’s “Business Ambition for 1.5°C“ initiative, with 2030 targets validated by SBTi. One year later, Holcim’s 2050 goals are the first long-term targets in our sector to be validated by the Science Based Targets initiative, setting a new reference for our industry.


Our 2030 commitments on our way to net zero

  • Accelerate the use of low-carbon and carbon-neutral products such as ECOPact and Susteno
  • Recycle 100m tons of waste and byproducts for energy and raw materials
  • Scale up the use of calcined clay and develop novel cements with new binders
  • Double* waste-derived fuels in production to reach 37%
  • Reach 475 kg net CO2 per ton of cementitious material (net CO2/t. cem)
  • Operate our first net zero CO2 cement production facility
  • Reduce scope 3 emissions from the most material categories, which account for 75% of our total Scope 3 emissions, from a 2020 base year:
    • Purchased goods and services**: 20% per ton of purchased clinker and cement
    • Fuels and energy related activities: 20% per ton of purchased fuels
    • Downstream Transportation and distribution: 24% per ton of materials transported

* Compared to 2018 baseline

** Clinker & cement


Holcim is the pioneer among international companies in committing to a 2030 target of 475 Kg Net CO2/ t. cem


By 2030 Holcim will have reduced its CO2 intensity by 40% since 1990.

* Includes scope 1 & 2


By 2030 we will have our first net-zero cement plant.


Our 2050 Ambition

Holcim’s 2050 goals are the first long-term targets in our sector to be validated by the Science Based Targets initiative, setting the standard for our industry.

  • By 2050, Holcim commits to reduce scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 95% per ton of cementitious materials by 2050 from a 2018 base year.*
  • In addition, Holcim commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions 90%** by 2050 from a 2020 base year.

*The target boundary includes land related emissions and removals from bioenergy feedstocks.

**vs 2020 on 90% of total absolute emissions, as per SBTi Net Zero requirements.

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Net zero pathway enablers

Given the scale of today's climate challenge, no single organization can tackle it alone. A net zero world requires collaboration across the entire value chain from architects to policy makers. At Holcim we are playing our part to support the transition to low-carbon business.

  • Carbon price

    Level playing field with importers

  • Market demand

    Incentivizing standards

  • Carbon capture


    Recognition of carbon removal

  • Energy

    Competetive renewable energy

    Incentivize fossil fuel substitution

Additional contribution to scale up climate action

In addition to the above, we engage proactively and transparently with external stakeholders through such organizations and coalitions. For more information see section “Sustainability memberships and recognitions”


1 Scope 1 – All direct emissions from the activities of an organization or under their control

2  Scope 2 – Indirect emissions from electricity purchased and used by an organization

3  Scope 3 – All other indirect emissions from activities of the organization, occurring from sources that they do not own or control