Commitment to Net Zero
Recently, our company joined the net zero pledge with science-based targets. To achieve this ambitious goal, LafargeHolcim is taking a holistic approach–looking at all the ways we can decrease our carbon footprint and improve the world we live in–from harnessing renewable energy and alternative fuels, to carbon capture technology and innovating products with lower CO2 levels.
Integrating renewable energy: leverage solar and wind renewable power at our plants to give back to the energy grid and lower our energy requirements Advancing CCUS technology: carbon capture, utilization and storage, or CCUS, is a critical step in our ability to lower our important emissions reduction technology that can be applied across the energy system. Innovating low-carbon products: In response to ever-increasing market demand for performance and sustainability, we offer a portfolio of blended cements and supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) as the Envirocore™ Cements series and have introduced the ECOPact low-carbon concrete mixes. Measuring our impact: The growth in sustainable construction is driving demand for low-carbon building products that can transparently demonstrate a decrease in our environmental footprint. Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), like nutritional labels, detail the environmental impact of building materials–from cement to concrete.
Circular economy benefits business, society and the environment while simultaneously eliminating waste. Our vision starts with preserving natural resources by ﬁnding new uses for materials that would otherwise be discarded, and corproccessing them as alternative fuels, helping the company create more sustainable building products. If all US cement plants replaced just 33% of traditional fuels with alternative options, it would save enough energy to meet the needs of nearly 1.5 million American homes. We also look to putting old, used concrete and asphalt back into our mix. Today, we focus on our total impact on water resources in the communities where we operate, particularly in water-scarce areas. We optimize and prevent the use of fresh water as well as reduce the risk of depletion or pollution by measuring our operational water footprint, reducing freshwater withdrawal, assessing water risks, engaging with stakeholders on sharing water and providing more water to communities.