Resources – Quantifiable targets for long-term improvements

Holcim appreciates that its business success depends on nature and ecosystem services. That is why it has set very clear targets to be less dependent on primary materials and to manage natural resources and ecosystems in a sustainable way.

By 2030 Holcim aspires to use 1 billion tonnes of secondary resources, replacing approximately 25 percent of the primary materials it requires.

Holcim will continue to replace more fossil fuels with alternative energy sources and increase its use of industrial by-products such as fly ash and slag. Holcim will also use more construction and demolition waste to replace natural resources. These waste solutions also provide a valuable service for local communities by offering a responsible solution to the ever-increasing problem of waste.

Holcim aspires to have a positive impact on water resources in water-scarce areas by 2030. Water is a natural resource used at all Holcim operational sites across the world, and Holcim remains conscious of how precious water is. In partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Holcim has developed and implemented a water management system for all its business units worldwide. In 2013 Holcim announced the target to reduce its specific water consumption by 20 percent by 2020, measuring from a 2012 baseline.

By 2030 Holcim aspires to demonstrate positive change for biodiversity. By 2020 the Group will use a biodiversity reporting system developed jointly with the IUCN to assess extraction sites against a number of habitat indicators and will report year-on-year improvements in biodiversity management.