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LafargeHolcim becomes first global building materials company to sign SBTi pledge

LafargeHolcim becomes first global building materials company to sign SBTi pledge

LafargeHolcim joins the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) "Business Ambition for 1.5°C" becoming the first global building materials company to sign the pledge with intermediate targets for 2030, validated by SBTi2. This commitment builds on LafargeHolcim's leadership in green construction with solutions such as ECOPact, its green concrete, and Susteno, its circular cement. 

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.). Europe is on track to become the first region to reach this net zero ambition, building on its CHF 160 million investment roadmap launched last year. 

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. 

Alberto Carrillo, Director of Science Based Targets at CDP, one of the Science Based Targets initiative partners, said, "We at SBTi are delighted that LafargeHolcim has joined the group of over 290 industry leaders committed to a 1.5°C future. As the largest player in one of the most carbon-intensive industries, LafargeHolcim's leadership demonstrates that a net zero economy is within reach." 

The SBTi has approved LafargeHolcim's commitment to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions 21 percent 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 percent per ton of cementitious material and scope 2 GHG emissions 65 percent 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 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 percent

• Reach 475 kg net CO2 per ton of cementitious material (net CO2/t.cem) 

• 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 will reduce its transportation and fuel-related emissions by 20 percent.

On its net zero journey, LafargeHolcim will accelerate circular construction by increasing the use of recycled materials in its products and processes while recovering materials at the end of their life cycle. 

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