circular living

The future is circular

At Holcim, we believe the future is circular. Cities are at the forefront of the shift to a circular economy, so we strive to enable greener, more sustainable and circular cities of tomorrow.

Holcim created the Circular Cities Barometer with Bloomberg Media Studios. The aim is to understand how 25 cities are leading the shift to circular living for a sustainable future. The results provide unique insights into how we can help accelerate the transition to circularity.

Team Holcim-PRB is sailing around the world with GO CIRCULAR to promote the shift to circular living. The race boat will participate in global sailing competitions while driving an education program empowering students and communities to take action. The initiative also aims to advance marine science with water sampling during the races.

Rethinking our cities

We are experiencing rapid urbanization, with an expected increase of two billion more people living in cities by 2050. This creates a need for sustainable cities, offering building users the ability to live in more sustainable, more energy-efficient buildings. We are committed to helping shape these cities of the future, transitioning from a linear “take, make, waste” economy to a circular “reduce, reuse, recycle” model.

What makes a city circular?

Circular cities are composed of many elements. These include: smart buildings and infrastructure, renewable energy and green mobility, nature spaces, recycling hubs, sharing and leasing services, and local and closed loop supply chains. Through our circular approach, we are committed to providing the sustainable building materials, solutions and expertise needed to create this next generation of cities.

Accelerating green growth

We are convinced that circularity is the business opportunity of our time. To drive the transition to circular cities, we need to create demand.

Building norms must be adapted to today’s innovations and net-zero priorities. By setting new regulations, cities can guide the development of the circular economy, incorporating circularity into building standards and norms. In this respect, cities have a key role to play to require more recycled materials and low-carbon solutions in building specifications.

Circularity must also be embedded in procurement standards. Already cities are adding circularity to their procurement strategies for public works. Municipalities can incentivize the adoption of more circular solutions by evolving building standards.


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