Holcim launched the world’s first 1.5°C science-based framework to decarbonize the cement industry, resulting from its partnership with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
The framework was independently developed by SBTi, in collaboration with an Expert Advisory Group representing academia, civil society and industry, to decarbonize cement in a rigorous and science-driven way.
Holcim has submitted its 1.5°C-aligned 2030 targets for SBTi validation, and is engaging with like-minded organizations at Climate Week NYC to scale up the framework’s deployment.
“With today’s growing population and rising urbanization, the construction sector has a key role to play to build a net-zero future,” CEO Holcim Jan Jenisch said. “At Holcim, we are at the forefront of decarbonizing building across its entire lifecycle to build better with less, from our own operations to low carbon construction, all the way to energy-efficient buildings in use.
“Taking a rigorous, science-driven approach on this journey, we partnered with the SBTi to create the 1.5°C-aligned framework for the sector. Today we submit our 2030 net-zero targets in line with this framework and encourage all our peers to join us to scale up our impact together,” he concluded.
Alberto Carrillo Pineda, co-founder and chief technical officer of the SBTi, added, “For the first time, cement companies have a clear blueprint on how to align their decarbonization strategies with climate science taking into account the unique context of the industry. The transformation towards low-carbon technologies is critical for the long-term viability of the industry.”
In the past two years, Holcim launched the world’s broadest range of low-carbon materials, from ECOPact green concrete to ECOPlanet green cement, offering 100% performance with up to 90% less CO2.