Our strategy for water stewardship
* Projects are implemented within a local context and in consultation with relevant stakeholders, including communities and public infrastructure
How we reach our commitments
Freshwater withdrawal reduction
Our operations are becoming more water-efficient through process optimization, reduced leakages and freshwater recycling systems. When possible, we shift our water usage from freshwater to non-freshwater. In some countries, during heavy rains, we use harvested rainwater, while in others we use sea or treated municipal wastewater.
Holcim commits to reducing freshwater withdrawal by 2030 in cement, aggregate and ready-mix concrete production by 33%, 20% and 15% respectively.
Zero water pollution
Holcim commits to treat the water we use and return it to nature. We require all our sites to implement strict standards to ensure the discharge of high-quality water according to in-country regulations and Holcim’s standards.
With 30% of our sites located in medium to high water-risk areas, Holcim is doing its part by implementing freshwater replenishment programs beyond our site boundaries.
Projects include watershed protection and restoration, water access and sanitation, and water for productive use. Solutions are tailored to local needs in consultation with community and institutional stakeholders.
Water risk in countries where Holcim operates
*Source: Rating of overall water risk as defined by World Resources Institute Aqueduct accessed on 26 February 2020.
Three main project categories can be implemented: watershed protection and restoration; water for productive use; and water access and sanitation. Projects are selected according to local needs, and in consultation with relevant stakeholders including communities and public institutions, to maximize the watershed improvements and equitable distribution of water.