A strategy that starts with a deep respect for the environment

We are on a mission to prove that zero environmental impact is possible. We are implementing water, internal waste and energy reduction projects to improve our environmental performance.

What environmental progress has Holcim made?

10% reduction in dust emissions

per metric ton of clinker in 2023 versus 2022

1.5 million cubic meters of water saved

through reduction of consumption and recycling

Air emissions

All Holcim sites are required to measure and manage air emissions resulting from cement production. The vast majority of Holcim plants operate within best practice emission ranges, and some are among the best in the sector.

Globally, we are completing the installation of the Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) to facilitate real-time emissions monitoring of any kiln stack in the world.

Discover our strategy to reduce air emissions

Water management

Holcim considers the total impact of our operations on water resources in the communities where we operate, particularly in water-risk areas.

We take strategic action to reduce the use of freshwater within our operations, as well as the risk of water depletion or pollution. We do this by measuring our operational water footprint, assessing water risks and increasing the recycling and reuse of process water. In addition, we engage with stakeholders on sharing water and provide freshwater replenishment to water-risk communities.

Discover how we manage water

Waste reduction


As a global leader in recycling, Holcim is committed to driving the circular economy and preserving nature. 

We are increasing internal waste recycling and diversion from landfills in all the countries we operate in. In 2023, we diverted 47,000 tons of internal waste from landfill, up 26% from 2022.

Discover our circular approach to waste

Electricity consumption

To minimize the environmental impact of our operations, we’re optimizing electricity consumption. In 2022, we assessed 99% of our global electricity usage, and projects are ongoing that will convert opportunities into real energy savings.

The backbone of our initiative to reduce consumption is renewable energy sourcing, optimized process planning and more efficient use of equipment and utilities.

We also launched our Treasure Hunt digital initiative to educate and bring teams together to implement both energy and water-saving methods. In 2023, it led to 920.000 cubic meters of water and 30 kilotons of Scope 2 CO2 being saved. Leveraging this success, we enhanced the application and expanded the initiatives to cover critical risks related to health and safety.



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