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Transcript
LafargeHolcim’s view
on climate policy
We will continue to develop and market innovative
products and services to prevent 10 million tonnes
of CO2 being released every year from buildings
and infrastructure.
There is great potential to reduce carbon emissions
throughout a building’s lifecycle. We’ve already made
a lot of progress. Our innovative products and solutions
don’t just offer us a strong business opportunity, they
also provide a way to make the construction value
chain less carbon-intensive.
Today, customers all over the world can purchase
a range of low-carbon products:
• Low-carbon cements, produced from recovered
resources
• Innovative low-carbon products like Solidia,
Optimo and Aether
• High-performance insulating concretes like
Thermedia and Ecoterm
www.lafargeholcim.com
Introduction
International climate policy
At LafargeHolcim, we want to lead in sustainability and set
new standards. And we want to mobilise our entire industry,
encouraging people to work together to address some
of our planet’s issues.
An ambitious international agreement on climate change
is key to limiting global warming to below 2 degrees.
We need action, now.
Climate change is a challenge for which the construction
sector is able to offer efficient solutions. Concrete is critical
to the development of sustainable buildings. It will help
us create infrastructures for smarter cities and lower
carbon travel.
We’re already doing a lot but, for us, climate change
requires an industry-wide response that goes beyond
our own ambitious efforts.
Read on to discover what actions we are taking to combat
climate change.
We support a legally-binding, international agreement
to mitigate and adapt to climate change. We advocate
for a successful agreement, fulfilling following principles:
• The introduction of carbon pricing, incentivizing
emission reduction.
• Contributions from nations and regions
which lead to comparable and coordinated
efforts, establishing a level-playing field
between all local producers and importers.
• The provision of a long-term, stable and
reliable regulatory environment to encourage
investments, support plans to reduce CO2
emissions further, and adapt to climate change.
• A reliable monitoring, reporting and verification
system to follow up on nations’ contributions.
Climate strategy
We will continue with our mission to cut our net
CO2 emissions by 40% per ton of cement by 2030
(vs 1990).
By doing this, we will lead the way as the world’s most
carbon-efficient international cement producer. We will find
solutions to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions
at all stages of the production process through things like:
• Process mastery
• Energy efficiency measures
• Reduction of clinker content in cement
• Use of alternative energy sources
Beyond our own operations, we strongly believe that
energy efficiency of buildings is paramount to reduce
carbon emissions. This requires an integrated design
and collaboration along the entire construction life
cycle addressing:
• Awareness, making known to all stakeholders the
need for energy efficiency and the ways to achieve it
• Workforce capacity, developing holistic thinking
and enhancing skills among construction professionals
• Policy & Regulation, as far as codes, labelling and
incentives are concerned
• Finance & Investing, finding adequate financing models
and creating transparency on the business case