HeidelbergCement recently published its Sustainability Report for the 2018 financial year. With ambitious emission reduction targets, which have also been recognized by the Science-Based Targets initiative, HeidelbergCement is setting clear priorities in climate protection.
|The Sustainability Report 2018 can be viewed at www.heidelbergcement.com/en/sustainability-report.|
“Cutting our CO2 emissions and handling natural resources considerately are priorities for all our business lines,” said Dr. Bernd Scheifele, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement. “We focus primarily on the development of sustainable products and the implementation of concrete measures at plant level in order to achieve our sustainability goals.”
The company has set itself the target of a 30% reduction in its specific net CO2 emissions per tonne of cement by 2030, compared with 1990. HeidelbergCement intends to realize its vision of CO2-neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest.
In addition to climate protection and emission reduction, the company’s 10th sustainability report highlights the broad spectrum of HeidelbergCement’s sustainability activities. It provides detailed information on key topics such as human rights and compliance as well as occupational health and safety, on which intensive training and education measures were carried out in all group countries in the 2018 reporting year. In addition, the report documents the company’s CSR activities and the intensive exchange with various stakeholder groups in areas such as supply chain and supplier management, research and development, biodiversity, responsible land use and water protection.
“Our sustainability strategy focuses on local responsibility – toward our employees and our neighbors as well as the environment,” said Dr. Scheifele. The report is intended to make this strategy transparent and comprehensible by providing a detailed description of all key issues, projects and measures, backed up by relevant key figures. HeidelbergCement’s sustainability activities are based on the Sustainability Commitments 2030 adopted in 2017, which define the principles and objectives of the sustainability strategy until 2030.
The report complies with the established standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). It also underlines the company’s commitment to the principles of the UN Global Compact (UN GC) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).