Circular partnerships

Collaborating to promote circular construction


Holcim partners with industry leaders, NGOs, academic institutions and governments to scale up our impact in driving the net-zero transition. With like-minded partners, we are helping accelerate the shift to a circular economy.
 

Supporting the circular economy through proper regulation


Holcim is leading the transition to low-carbon, sustainable construction by introducing circular processes, products and solutions. Through cutting-edge innovations – such as our ECOPact green concrete and ORIS, the industry’s first digital platform for sustainable road construction – we are accelerating the transition to circular construction.

To promote greater and faster market uptake of low-carbon and circular products, regulatory environments and building standards must incentivize the use of secondary and recycled materials. Holcim is working with its partners to develop regulatory frameworks that incentivize the increase of recycled content in building products and solutions.

The unequal distribution of recycled materials in our products worldwide is primarily due to local regulations and standards that limit their use. As such, circularity needs to be integrated into building codes, public procurement and product standards. These factors should be in addition to traditional criteria regarding safety, performance, durability and affordability.

Our approach


By consulting with customers, regulators and decision-makers, we are helping create new markets for circular solutions while improving confidence throughout the value chain. This involves:
 

  • Integrating harmonized lifecycle assessments for buildings within construction policies and standards to reflect desired CO2 and circularity performance
  • Guiding stakeholders throughout the construction value chain to integrate lifecycle carbon performance and circularity principles within their business models and decision-making processes
  • Enabling the recovery and recycling of residual waste that would otherwise be assigned to landfill or incinerated; this can be achieved through strict enforcement of landfill bans and recognizing such processes in international waste conventions

Holcim joined the MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium as a founding member representing the building materials industry. We collaborate with the most innovative partners to develop and implement sustainable building solutions towards a net-zero future.

In partnership with One Earth One Ocean, we developed the Circular Explorer – the first of its kind catamaran powered by clean energy. Using circular economy principles, the Circular Explorer removes plastic waste from the world’s oceans and recycles it into new applications.

Our unique open innovation ecosystem is dedicated to creating a world that is low-carbon and circular. Holcim MAQER and Accelerator unite hundreds of start-ups worldwide to scale up breakthrough ideas in green construction.

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