Our pledge in numbers

Leading the way in green construction, Holcim was the first global building materials company to sign the UNGC’s “Business Ambition for 1.5°C“ initiative. Driving that ambition forward, we announced the launch of the world’s first 1.5°C science-based framework to decarbonize the cement industry, resulting from our partnership with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Holcim's 2050 goals were the first long-term targets in our sector to be validated by the SBTi, setting a new reference for our industry. We have submitted revised 1.5°C-aligned 2030 targets for SBTi validation, and are engaging with peers to scale up the framework’s deployment.

Our 2030 commitments* on our way to net zero

  • Accelerate the use of low-carbon and carbon-neutral products such as ECOPact and Susteno
  • Recycle 100m tons of waste and byproducts for energy and raw materials
  • Scale up the use of calcined clay and develop novel cements with new binders
  • Double** waste-derived fuels in production to reach 37%
  • Reach 475 kg net CO2 per ton of cementitious material (net CO2/t. cem)
  • Operate our first net zero CO2 cement production facility
  • Reduce scope 3 emissions from the most material categories, which account for 75% of our total Scope 3 emissions, from a 2020 base year:

     Purchased goods and services:** 20% per ton of purchased clinker and cement

     Fuels and energy related activities: 20% per ton of purchased fuels

     Downstream Transportation and distribution: 24% per ton of materials transported


* Consistent with the global effort to keep temperatures below the ‘2°C’ threshold as agreed at the COP21 world climate conference in Paris; revised 1.5°C-aligned 2030 targets submitted in September 2030.

** Compared to 2018 baseline

*** Clinker and cement

Our 2050 Ambition

Holcim’s 2050 goals are the first long-term targets in our sector to be validated by the Science Based Targets initiative, setting the standard for our industry.

  • By 2050, Holcim commits to reduce scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 95% per ton of cementitious materials by 2050 from a 2018 base year.*
  • In addition, Holcim commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions 90%** by 2050 from a 2020 base year.

*The target boundary includes land related emissions and removals from bioenergy feedstocks.

**vs 2020 on 90% of total absolute emissions, as per SBTi Net Zero requirements.

Net zero pathway enablers

Given the scale of today's climate challenge, no single organization can tackle it alone. A net zero world requires collaboration across the entire value chain from architects to policy makers. At Holcim we are playing our part to support the transition to low-carbon business.

Effective carbon pricing mechanisms
  • Level playing field: where carbon prices are in place, a level playing field on carbon costs between domestic producers and importers is necessary to ensure that low-carbon solutions remain competitive.
  • Reliable carbon prices: carbon prices must be reliable to sustain the business case and investments in low-carbon technologies. Volatility driven by speculation on the carbon market is counterproductive for industries that have long investment cycles, such as ours. We are in favour of a market mechanisms driven by fundamental supply-demand dynamics.
  • Encompassing consumption: carbon costs must progressively be absorbed in products and solutions in order to render carbon-efficient solutions more competitive.
What are we doing to drive forward this enabler?
  • We are working with governments and stakeholders to develop forward-looking regulatory frameworks on carbon pricing (e.g. establishment of carbon border adjustment mechanisms).
  • We collaborate with relevant international coalitions who are driving the international carbon pricing agenda. For example:
    • The Leadership Group for Industry Transition: Gathers countries and companies that are committed to achieving the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.
    • The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition: Holcim is on the steering committee of this international coalition of governments, NGOs and private sector companies that are united in their commitment to drive forward the carbon pricing agenda at an international level. We played a leading role in its work on carbon pricing and the construction value chain.
Market demand for low-carbon products and solutions

Holcim is committed to leading the transition towards low-carbon and circular construction by developing and 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, developed with IBM, Holcim will accelerate the transition to green building with cutting-edge innovation. To further this effort requires regulatory environments and building standards that incentivize greater and faster market uptake of low-carbon products. It also requires the mobilization of actors across the construction value chain in order to integrate lifecycle carbon performance and circularity principles in business models and in all decision-making processes.

What are we doing to drive forward this enabler?
  • We work with customers, regulators, decision-makers and actors from across the construction value chain to foster the development of an enabling regulatory framework that will incentivize the demand for low-carbon materials and solutions.
  • We are actively taking part in the work of international initiatives and coalitions that drive this agenda forward. For example:
    • The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction: This international initiative brings together governments, the private sector and civil society to collaborate on the transition towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient building and construction sector. Holcim co-chairs the group that focuses on market transformation.
    • Concrete Sustainability Council: Holcim is a founding member and co-chair of the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC). The CSC promotes and demonstrates concrete as a sustainable building material and is creating a certification system for responsibly-sourced concrete.
    • Chair of Sustainable Construction at ETH Zurich: Holcim initiated this Chair through its Foundation for Sustainable Construction in 2006 and financially supports its significant teaching and research since then. The Chair brings together scientists, engineers and architects who aim to ground sustainability in all disciplines involved in the built environment, with a focus on Life Cycle Assessment, urban metabolism and material science. The Chair is engaged with the Group as a member of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation.
Carbon capture technologies

Large-scale deployment of CCUS technologies is much broader than the technical challenges faced by individual sectors. It is an economy-wide endeavor that requires large-scale investment in CO2 transportation and storage networks, social acceptance of permanent storage technologies, large-scale demand for captured CO2 and an advanced regulatory framework.

What are we doing to drive forward this enabler?
  • Holcim is currently collaborating in over thirty CCUS pilot projects in the US, Canada and Europe to develop a menu of solutions that can be combined in different ways since no single solution will be perfectly scalable as different environments present different conditions, from local partners to geological conditions for storage.
  • The pilot projects are evaluated in terms of cost, technical feasibility, compatibility with CO2 usage opportunities, and other aspects of viability and scalability, including the regulatory framework.
  • The low-carbon transition and the use of associated technologies (e.g. CCUS) will significantly increase the energy needs of industry. This requires abundant and competitively priced renewable energy.
  • In parallel, the substitution of fossil energy by non-fossil alternatives must be incentivized. This includes an increased use of non-recyclable waste-derived fuels. Legislative frameworks must therefore recognize the advantages of using non-recyclable and biomass waste.
What are we doing to drive forward this enabler?
  • We are working with governments across different jurisdictions to develop regulatory frameworks relating to waste-derived fuels.
  • We are partnering with international organizations to develop recognized best practices in the development of waste co-processing solutions (e.g. CPCB in India, GIZ in Germany, ADEME in France, SINTEF and UNEP).

1 Scope 1 – All direct emissions from the activities of an organization or under their control

2  Scope 2 – Indirect emissions from electricity purchased and used by an organization

3  Scope 3 – All other indirect emissions from activities of the organization, occurring from sources that they do not own or control