SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CASE STUDIES

Every day around the world, Holcim teams turn its sustainable development commitments into real actions. Sustainable construction, natural resource optimization, climate change, local inclusive actions and more: discover a selection of our actions on the ground.

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For breakthrough impact on our net-zero journey, we are exploring a range of next-generation technologies to help us decarbonize the built environment. Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is one of the most important technologies in our portfolio. With over 30 CCUS projects ongoing, the techniques we’re testing today will lay the foundation to decarbonize our business beyond 2030.

LafargeHolcim cement is one of the most carbon-efficient in the world. With our target of 520kg of CO2/ton of cementitious by 2030, we are among the most ambitious companies in our sector. We are committed to reducing emission levels in line with a 2-degree scenario as agreed at the COP21 world climate conference in Paris.

Imagine if you could store energy replacing batteries with a local, safe, affordable and recyclable material. With our partners INSA Lyon and ENGIE, we are developing a breakthrough energy storage technology to serve as an alternative to batteries.
With 2.5 billion people expected to live in cities by 2050, material choices are key to demonstrating how people and nature can thrive together in tomorrow’s urban environments.

New partnership to enable roads that recharge the electric vehicles that use them.

Climate change and urbanization call for new solutions to maintain and improve the quality of life in our cities
The Holcim Awards showcase the cutting edge of sustainable design, green architecture and materials innovation.
At Holcim we are committed to delivering a nature-positive future. As part of this commitment we are driving a nature-based approach in our products and solutions to bring nature into cities. Nowhere is this integration of nature and the built environment more evident than at Dutch Design Week, where we’ve built a wall using bioactive concrete.
The building sector has an essential role to play to accelerate our world’s transition to net zero, from the materials used in construction, all the way to improving a building’s energy efficiency throughout its lifecycle.

With population growth and urbanization on the rise, we have to rethink the way we build cities to enable greener and smarter living for all. At Holcim, we are at the forefront of innovative and sustainable building solutions to make green construction possible at scale.

At Holcim, we are leading the way to a net-zero future. With ECOPlanet – our global range of green cements – we enable low-carbon construction and create more liveable cities.
Holcim aims to thrive with our people and communities. We create social value linked to our business through the affordable housing and community initiatives we lead.
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At Holcim, our purpose is anchored in building a better world. We are committed to building progress for people and the planet by enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards.
A crucial part of our nature strategy is to preserve biodiversity. Yet biodiversity can be difficult to measure, so we developed a science-based methodology in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for just this purpose. The results have been very encouraging, with our operations in Spain and India recently featured in two recent UN publications.
Holcim partnered with Block Research Group (BRG) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich) to develop an innovative, lightweight floor system.
Holcim and Block Research Group (BRG) are joining forces to develop an innovative, lightweight floor system that uses 50 less material compared to traditional structures, and lowers embodied CO2 by up to 80 . This cutting-edge solution is proof that smart design can help us build greener cities, achieving more with less.
In September 2021, we launched our nature strategy to restore and preserve biodiversity and water.
Holcim is a world leader in recycling, with up to 50 million tons of materials recycled across our business this year. Our goal is to recycle 100 million tons by 2030. When it comes to preserving our oceans, our commitment goes even further.
At Holcim we drive the circular economy across everything we do, to keep materials in use for as long as possible, giving them a second life – and a third and a fourth – and using only what is needed to preserve nature. Improving waste collection is fundamental to advancing the circular economy – and to reducing marine litter. To...
Holcim’s Geocycle helps businesses achieve plastic neutrality with PlaNet Solutions Seventy-five percent of all plastics ever produced have accumulated in landfills and the natural environment. The world is on track to add 12 billion more tons to that amount by 2050, or more than double the already alarming amount.
In September 2021, Holcim became the first company in its sector with a freshwater replenishment commitment.
Holcim aims to make a positive impact on biodiversity using transformative rehabilitation plans. In other words, after we’ve finished working, the land has greater biodiversity than when our work began.
One year into our pledge to become a net zero company, one of our Indian subsidiaries, has joined us on the road. ACC Ltd., part of the Holcim Group, has become the first company in the Indian construction sector to sign the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” commitment with 2030 intermediate targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
In the quest to reduce our environmental footprint and achieve our net zero commitment, Holcim Innovation Center leads the ReActiv project: a research project founded by the European Commission that aims at transforming Alumina Industry residue into an active cementitious material.