Holcim is committed to leading the transition towards low-carbon and circular construction by increasing the circularity of our processes and by introducing green products and solutions worldwide. From its ECOPact green concrete all the way to ORIS, the industry’s first digital platform for sustainable road construction, Holcim will accelerate the transition to circular construction with cutting edge innovation. Accelerating this effort requires regulatory environments and building standards that incentivize the use of secondary and recycled materials and lead to greater and faster market uptake of low-carbon and circular products.
Today, the rate of recycled materials in our products is unequally distributed worldwide mainly due to local regulations and standards, some of which limit the use and integration of recycled materials in products. We work with customers, regulators, decision-makers and stakeholders to enable a regulatory framework that will incentivize the increase of recycled content in building products and solutions, build value-chain confidence and create markets in circular solutions. This includes:
- Integrating circularity performance in building codes, public procurement, and product standards, alongside traditional criteria (safety, performance, durability and affordability).
- Ensuring that construction policies and standards integrate harmonized life cycle assessments for buildings to reflect the desired CO2 and circularity performance and to respect the principles of material and technology neutrality.
- Involving actors across the construction value chain in integrating lifecycle carbon performance and circularity principles in business models and in all decision-making processes.
- Enabling the recovery and recycling of residual waste, that would otherwise be assigned to landfill or incinerated, in industrial processes. This requires a strict enforcement of landfill bans, recognition of such processes in international waste convention (e.g. introducing a dedicated R15 “co-processing” code in the Basel Convention), and not limiting to movement of waste within the single market.