Heidelberg Materials Receives SBTi Validation

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) validated Heidelberg Materials’ 2030 carbon reduction targets under its new 1.5°C framework. 

Following a thorough procedure, the company’s near-term target achievement was successfully assessed against the SBTi’s strict criteria: Heidelberg Materials commits to reduce gross scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 26.7% per tonne of cementitious material by 2030 from the base year 2020. Within this target, Heidelberg Materials commits to reduce gross scope 1 GHG emissions by 24% per tonne of cementitious material and scope 2 GHG emissions by 65% per tonne of cementitious material within the same timeframe. 

The company also added a scope 3 target to its industry-leading scope 1 and 2 reduction targets to reduce absolute GHG emissions from purchased goods and services by 25% within the same timeframe. 

These commitments are consistent with Heidelberg Materials’ previously communicated goal of reducing specific net CO₂ emissions to 400 kg per tonne of cementitious material by 2030, equaling a reduction of 47% compared to 1990 levels. 

“Climate protection and the reduction of CO₂ emissions are the decisive tasks of our time, and energy-intensive industries have a special responsibility in this respect,” said Dr. Dominik von Achten, chairman of the managing board. “At Heidelberg Materials, we are tackling these tasks at full speed and with great dedication.”

“The SBTi validation shows that our sustainability agenda not only includes the most ambitious reduction target in the cement industry – but also a realistic, measurable plan in line with the 1.5°C scenario,” added Dr. Nicola Kimm, chief sustainability officer and member of the managing board. “We follow a clear, science-based approach, reducing our carbon footprint through the levers of product and process innovation and industrial-scale CCUS. By closing the carbon and material loops, we will lead the sustainable transformation of our sector.”  

Heidelberg Materials was the first company in the cement sector to have its then targets endorsed by the SBTi in 2019.

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