LafargeHolcim Signs Net Zero Pledge with Science-Based Targets

LafargeHolcim joins the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” as the first global building materials company to sign the pledge with intermediate targets for 2030.

In its 2030 goals, LafargeHolcim is further lowering its target for CO2 intensity in cement to 475kg net CO2 per ton of cementitious material (net CO2/t.cem.) Going one step further, the company is partnering with SBTi to develop a roadmap for aligning climate targets to a 1.5°C future in the cement sector.

“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,” said Jan Jenisch, CEO.

The SBTi has approved LafargeHolcim’s commitment to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions 21 per cent 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 cent per ton of cementitious material and scope 2 GHG emissions 65 per cent per ton of cementitious materials within the same timeframe.

By 2030, LafargeHolcim states that it will accelerate the use of low-carbon and carbon-neutral products such as ECOPact and Susteno, recycle 100m 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 per cent, reach 475 kg net CO2 per ton of cementitious material (net CO2/t.cem), and operate its first net zero CO2 cement production facility.

In addition to this pledge to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 emissions, LafargeHolcim will expand its actions across its value chain to include scope 3 emissions. With this holistic approach LafargeHolcim states that it will reduce its transportation and fuel-related emissions by 20 per cent.

The company will use the coming decade to develop and deploy advanced technologies, preparing the next step of its net zero journey. This includes piloting over twenty Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) projects across Europeand North America.

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