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Decarbonizing building

We are decarbonizing building end-to-end for a net zero future, from our operations and low-carbon materials to making buildings sustainable in use and driving circular construction.

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  • Circular construction
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Green operations

We are decarbonizing Holcim with green operations, from green energy and mobility to green product formulation, all the way to next generation technologies like carbon capture usage and storage. Our goal is to operate at least one net-zero plant by 2030.

Accelerating the shift to net-zero transport, we launched a fleet of 100% electric trucks with a 420 km range in Germany.

Holcim has secured two investments from the European Union (EU) Innovation Fund for its breakthrough Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage projects in Germany and Poland.

Launched in 2019, Holcim’s “Plants of Tomorrow” program is one of the largest roll-outs of Industry 4.0 in the building materials industry.

We are partnering with Italian Energy company Eni to advance our carbon capture portfolio, repurposing CO2 from our operations into our green cement.

One of the ways we are decarbonizing cement is by increasing our use of innovative low-emission raw materials, such as calcined clay.

Building better with less

We are decarbonizing construction, enabling our customers to build better with less. Our low-carbon materials, from ECOPact green concrete to ECOPlanet green cement, deliver 100% performance with up to 90% less CO2. We are also deploying smart design systems like 3D printing that can reduce material use by up to 50%.

Casa Laguna, the largest affordable housing project in Ecuador to date, used ECOPact green concrete for a 3,500 unit housing development.

Decarbonizing construction, the Spheres building in Seattle is LEED Gold certified, with a live rainforest and built with ECOPlanet, with 80% less CO2 inside.

Holcim announces its investment in COBOD International, a global leader in 3D construction printing, to advance world-class 3D printing materials, robotics and automation.

Modern Structures and Equipment Co. used ECOPlanet green cement in the extension of the Al-Ain El-Sokhna Port in Egypt. The highly demanding infrastructure project has already reduced CO2 emissions by 45% thanks to our low-carbon cement.

BPM Architects and Bouygues Bâtiment Center Sud-Ouest construction group used ECOPact green concrete to build a modern middle school for the town of Le Pian-Médoc. The state-of-the-art building near the city of Bordeaux reduced CO2 emissions by 40% thanks to our low-carbon concrete.

Making buildings sustainable

We are making buildings more sustainable in use, decarbonizing our cities. Our broad range of solutions, from roofing to insulation, is driving energy efficiency and green retrofitting. This is where the majority of our sector’s emissions are generated, with 70% of the CO2 emissions in construction coming from buildings in use.

Enhancing energy efficiency of buildings, Elevate’s green roofing systems host complex ecosystems with trees, plants and irrigation in Asia's largest urban rooftop farm at Thailand’s Thammasat University.

Switching to 100% renewables will require effective energy storage. Thermal concrete activation (TCA) systems are one of the most effective solutions to achieve that.

Circular construction

We are driving circular construction to build new from the old. As a world leader in recycling, we are putting circularity at the core of everything we do, from recycling construction and demolition waste to upcycling plastic bags in roofing systems.

The University of St.Gallen's SQUARE Learning Center was built with ECOPlanet Susteno, the first and only resource-saving cement in Europe with up to 20% construction and demolition waste inside.

 

In 2021, Aggregate Industries UK (AI) recycled the aggregates and bitumen from worn out roads – 822,500 tons in total – and turned it into new ones.

Holcim enters offshore yacht racing with the launch of its first IMOCA race boat in Lorient, France on a mission to GO CIRCULAR.

Our purpose – to build progress for people and the planet – guides our business. We are committed to becoming a net-zero company by 2050, leading the transition to a circular economy, and conducting world-leading research and development.

Our teams around the world are driving this positive change. Our stories reflect the people and communities we work with, the innovative projects we lead, and our commitment to sustainability in all aspects of our business.

Read our inspiring accounts to discover how we’re building a greener world and becoming a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions.

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ECOPact green concrete was used to build a state-of-the-art media library in Herblay-sur-Seine to achieve a CO2 emissions reduction of 50%.

Mohammed VI Tower in Rabat, Morocco, will be Africa’s second tallest tower. It has already reduced CO2 emissions by 32% thanks to ECOPlanet green cement.

DYNAMax ultimate performance concrete was used in a modern new office quarter in Germany’s Wiesbaden, ensuring high strength and outstanding durability.

More than 1,000 tons of PRB landscape mortar were used to reconstruct one of the greatest Paleolithic sanctuaries ever discovered: the Grotte Chauvet.

The extension of the Al-Ain El-Sokhna Port in Egypt has reduced CO2 emissions by 45% thanks to our low-carbon ECOPlanet cement.

ECOPact green concrete was used to build a modern energy-from-waste facility (EfW) outside of London, reducing CO2 emissions by 42%.

In 2021 alone, Aggregate Industries UK recycled over 822,500 tons of Construction & Demolition Waste — almost one tenth of Holcim’s 2025 target.

Holcim Ecuador's Loma Alta aggregates plant shows how inclusion boosts employee pride, empowerment and long-term value for our company.

Accelerating the shift to net-zero transport, we launched a fleet of 100% electric trucks with a 420 km range in Germany.

BPM Architects and Bouygues Bâtiment Center Sud-Ouest construction group used ECOPact green concrete to build a modern middle school for the town of Le Pian-Médoc.

We’re taking a stake in N1, a German green tech company that has been providing innovative digital solutions to the construction industry for years.

In June 2022, Holcim produced the world’s first clinker made entirely of recycled minerals at its plant in Altkirch, France.

DYNAMax, the ultimate performance concrete, was used in a modern new office quarter in Wiesbaden, Germany, ensuring high strength, outstanding durability, superior rigidity and a reduced carbon footprint.

ECOPact green concrete was used to build a state-of-the-art media library in Herblay-sur-Seine to achieve a CO2 emissions reduction of 50%.