Building a net-zero future

The construction sector has an essential role to play to build a net-zero future. We are ready to play our part by becoming the global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions. Our purpose is to build progress for people and the planet.

Our world is growing. Global population is on the rise, expected to increase from 8 billion today to 10 billion by 2050. Our future is increasingly urban, with 4 billion people living in cities today, on the way to 6.5 billion by 2050. Already now, 1.6 billion people lack adequate housing and sanitation, and we expect that number to double to over 3 billion people by 2030. The race for climate is on to keep our world’s temperature within 1.5 °C, for a net-zero future. To make our growth sustainable, our economy is shifting from linear to circular, to preserve and replenish nature’s resources.

At Holcim, we are working to turn these challenges into solutions. We are transforming ourselves by becoming the global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions and

Making cities greener from foundation to rooftop, with low-carbon and energy-efficient solutions

  • Empowering society with smarter infrastructure, from green mobility and renewable energy to essential sanitation
  • Improving living standards for all with affordable and sustainable solutions
  • Building more with less, driving the circular economy
  • Becoming a net-zero company, with sustainability at the core of our strategy.

At the forefront of green building solutions

From our ECOPact green concrete to our ECOPlanet green cement, we offer the world’s first global ranges of low-carbon building materials. With our industry’s broadest formulation expertise, we adapt our solutions to local needs making low-carbon building possible at scale. Our ECO range delivers low-carbon materials at equal to superior performance around the world, supporting the most advanced sustainability certifications, from LEED to BREEAM.

From our Airium insulating foam to our Firestone Building Products with green, cool, and insulating roofing systems, we are making buildings more energy-efficient from foundation to rooftop. Working from design to construction, we build more with less, using only the materials that are needed and nothing more. With smart technologies, like 3D concrete printing, using minimum materials for maximum strength, we can lower a building’s environmental footprint by up to 70%. As concrete is infinitely recyclable, we are working to keep it in use for as long as possible, recycling construction and demolition waste wherever we can.

Our green buildings solutions have been endorsed by the Solar Impulse Foundation’s “Efficient Solution” label standing for solutions that are good for the planet and financially positive, to make ecology drive our economy at scale.

Partnering to scale-up impact

Given the scale of change required, a net-zero future won't happen without collaboration across industries and with governments. The net-zero transition must become a driver of competitiveness for all actors on the market. Governments can play a key role to set the right incentives and regulatory framework, to scale up green building solutions and accelerate this transition.

We support public policy enablers to build a net-zero world such as:

  • Effective carbon pricing mechanisms

The net-zero transition will require large-scale and sustained investments across the entire construction value chain. Some of the needed technologies go beyond any single industrial sector and form societal endeavors that require public support and acceptance. Carbon pricing mechanisms will play a central role in the carbon neutral economy and must be designed in a way that embeds carbon costs across whole value chains to ensure low-carbon solutions are competitive.

  • 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. Accelerating this effort requires regulatory environments and building standards that incentivize greater and faster market uptake of low-carbon products by integrating sustainability performance in building codes, public procurement, and product standards, with harmonized life cycle assessments for buildings to reflect the desired CO2 and circularity performance.

  • Carbon capture technologies incentives

Large-scale deployment of advanced technologies such as carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies is broader than the technical challenges faced by individual industrial sectors. It forms an economy-wide endeavor that requires large-scale investment in CO2 transportation and storage networks, social acceptance of permanent storage technologies and the creation of a large-scale demand for captured CO2 as an industrial feedstock. It also requires adapted CO2 accounting frameworks that recognise all CO2 avenues: geological storage, utilization as an industrial/agricultural feedstock and mineralisation.

  • Abundant low-carbon energy

The low-carbon transition and the use of associated technologies will significantly increase the energy needs of industry. This requires improved access to abundant and competitively priced low-carbon energy and recognition of technologies such as co-processing which allows substituting fossil fuels and primary raw materials with non-recyclable residual and biomass waste.

Accelerating green building for resilient cities

During Climate Week NYC 2021, Holcim hosted an expert webinar on how to accelerate climate action and nature-based solutions for resilient cities. Hear our experts on building a net zero future that works for people and the planet.