Circular economy at Holcim

Driving circular construction to build better with less


As a world leader in recycling, Holcim is committed to building better with less and preserving the Earth’s ecosystems. We promote circularity along the entire value chain to eliminate waste and decouple our business growth from the consumption of finite natural resources.

8.6%

of the global economy follows a circular approach

100 million

metric tons of waste across our business will be recycled by 2030

24%

recycled content in our cement, on average

OUR CIRCULAR COMMITMENTS


Our sustainability objectives are outlined in a detailed roadmap laid out according to market geographies. By 2030, we commit to:

  • Increase recycled content within our cement products from 24% to 30%
  • Double our recycling ratio to increase circularity within our product portfolio
  • Recycle 100 million metric tons of waste and byproducts, transforming it into energy and raw materials
  • Double circular recycling of construction and demolition waste and transform it into high-value products
  • Generate energy from non-recyclable waste to provide 37% of the fuel we use

Green operations


Our ECO solutions, from ECOPact to ECOPlanet, are made possible by our green operations, led by:

Green energy
 


We power our plants with ECOFuels

Green formulation
 


We offer the industry’s broadest range of ECOMaterials

Green mobility
 


We are using the greenest and most efficient transport options

Next-generation technologies


We are accelerating our net-zero journey

Plants of Tomorrow: putting Industry 4.0 into practice


To drive our circular economy business, our Plants of Tomorrow initiative brings together a range of innovations aimed at improving performance, circularity and decarbonization. One of the largest rollouts of Industry 4.0 technologies in the building materials industry, the initiative aims to accelerate technological advancement across the entire value chain.

So far, we have delivered more than 800 deployments at 180 plants worldwide, from predictive maintenance to automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and digital twins. We will reach more than 5,000 deployments by 2025.

Circular cities are the foundation to achieve a net-zero world. We created the Circular Cities Barometer with Bloomberg. This innovative digital dashboard shows how 25 cities are transitioning to a circular “reduce, reuse, recycle” economy.

In 2021, we launched our Circular Explorer solar-powered catamaran with One Earth One Ocean. Its mission is to clean our oceans by recovering and recycling plastic waste. The initiative also involves education and marine research programs.

With GO CIRCULAR, Team Holcim-PRB is sailing around the world to accelerate the shift to circular living.

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