LafargeHolcim Cements Net Zero Pathway

LafargeHolcim is the first global building materials company to sign the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” pledge with intermediate targets for 2030 validated by SBTi. The company is further lowering its target for carbon dioxide intensity in cement to 475 kg net COper ton of cementitious material.

Going one step further, LafargeHolcim is partnering with SBTi to develop a roadmap for aligning climate targets to a 1.5°C future in the cement sector, pushing the boundaries of green construction.

Jan Jenisch, LafargeHolcim CEO said, “I believe in building a world that works for people and the planet. That’s why we are reinventing how the world builds today to make it greener with low-carbon and circular solutions. I am very excited to be working with SBTi, taking a rigorous science-based approach to shape our net zero roadmap and accelerating our efforts to substantially lower our CO2 footprint. I will not stop pushing the boundaries to lead the way in green construction.”

The SBTi has approved LafargeHolcim’s commitment to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions 21% per ton of cementitious materials by 2030 from a 2018 base year. With this target, LafargeHolcim commits to reduce scope 1 GHG emissions 17.5% per ton of cementitious material and scope 2 GHG emissions 65% per ton of cementitious materials within the same timeframe.

By 2030, LafargeHolcim will:

  • Accelerate the use of low-carbon and carbon-neutral products such as ECOPact and Susteno.
  • Recycle 100 million tons of waste and byproducts for energy and raw materials.
  • Scale up the use of calcined clay and develop novel cements with new binders.
  • Double waste-derived fuels in production to reach 37%.
  • Reach 475 kg net CO2 per ton of cementitious material.
  • Operate its first net zero CO2 cement production facility.

In addition to this pledge, LafargeHolcim will expand its actions across its value chain to include scope 3 emissions. With this holistic approach, the company will reduce its transportation and fuel-related emissions by 20%.

“As the world’s largest cement producer, we have a key role to play in addressing today’s climate crisis,” said Magali Anderson, LafargeHolcim chief sustainability officer. “On our way to becoming a net zero company, we are not only part of the solution, we are committed to supporting our customers in their CO2-reduction ambitions. No company can tackle today’s climate challenge alone, that’s why we are partnering for impact.”

LafargeHolcim is one of more than 290 companies that have joined the SBTi “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” pledge.

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