Circular cities

If the planet is going to reach net zero, cities are where it will happen first.

We've partnered with Bloomberg to create the Circular Cities Barometer, a digital dashboard that shows how fast 25 global cities are transitioning from a linear “take, make, waste” economy to a circular “reduce, reuse, recycle” one.
 

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Explore the Circular Cities Barometer

Cities accelerate
to reach net zero

How does your city rank?

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How do we build circular cities?

Reduce

We reduce the footprint of buildings with solutions from our ECOPact green concrete to 3D printing, opening new ways to build more with less.

Our green concrete range offers 30% to 100% lower carbon compared to standard (CEM I) concrete.

Empowering smart design to build more with less

The Striatus bridge, made possible by Holcim with our proprietary ink for 3D printing TectorPrint is an example of smart design with minimal material use for maximum strength. With HiLo we applied the same principles of “strength through geometry” in the innovative flooring system.

Reuse

We want to make sure existing buildings remain in use as long as possible - and with 80% of Europe's building stock projected to still be in use by 2050, renovating buildings with green retrofit systems is key.

Our insulating, cool and green roofs are making buildings more energy-efficient and contributing to lower urban heating. With 60% of sales in re-roofing, renovation plays a key role in making buildings greener.

Renovating with our Airium insulating system increases a structure's energy efficiency, equipping buildings for years of use and reuse.

Recycle

As a world leader in recycling, we recycled more than 54 million tons of materials across our business in 2021, with the goal to double down on this rate to reach 100 million tons by 2030.

As part of our ECOPlanet green cement range, we launched Susteno, the world’s first cement with 20% construction and demolition waste inside.

The company is a pioneer in circularity with its “green circle certified” shingles including over 3,200 upcycled plastic bags in an average residential home roof.

Our future is circular. My vision for construction is to build new from the old, with recycled materials in every new building.

Jan Jenisch| CEO, Holcim

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