lafargeholcim plan 2030
The 2030 Plan includes goals to increase amount of C&D used in its products and create a circular economy.

Cement producer La Farge Holcim, Jona, Switzerland, has announced its efforts to improve the sustainability performance of its operations. The company calls this its 2030 Plan. The plan also covers partnership initiatives with the entire construction industry.

The 2030 Plan targets include water and nature conservation, climate conservation, community efforts and creating a circular economy. These targets, the company says, are supportive of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals in that the company will report its progress transparently.

Circular economy

01La Farge Holcim says it hopes to transform waste into fuel and raw materials for all of its production processes. This includes using 80 million tons of resources made from waste in its operations per year and increasing the volume of recycled aggregates from construction and demolition (C&D) debris and reclaimed asphalt paving by four times.

The company says it plans to use waste as a resource by:

  • deploying its waste treatment services over all continents, building on its long experience and applying strict environmental and safety standards;
  • deploying coprocessing installations for waste-derived fuels and raw materials in cement operations; these can include shredding installations for solid waste, handling, dosing and feeding systems, physical and chemical pretreatment processes;
  • deploying biomass production initiatives and initiating long term partnerships with local farmers and communities. While providing sustainable livelihood to communities, these projects enable us to increase our use of residues from agriculture and forestry; and
  • using more industrial mineral components and mineral waste, such as blast-furnace slag, fly ash from coal-fired power plants, artificial gypsum and other by-products.


The company says it hopes to increase construction debris recycling by:

  • accelerating the deployment of its recycled aggregates business model linked to full-service delivery for C&D debris within major urban areas;
  • engaging in local partnerships or joint ventures in order to develop locally most appropriate business models; and
  • monitoring the increasing scarcity of sand in various regions of the globe and develop technical alternatives, focusing on the processing of waste-derived materials.

By 2020, the company says it wants to use more than 60 million tons of waste-derived fuel in its operations per year, and use more than 12 million tons of aggregates from C&D debris. By 2025, the company says it hopes to use more than 65 million tons of waste-derived fuel in its operations per year and more than 18 million tons of aggregates.


LaFargeHolcim also will attempt to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030 through the use of renewable energy. According to the company, its plan is to produce 40 percent less net CO2 per ton of cement than it did in 1990 and help customers avoid 10 million tons of CO2 released every year from their buildings and infrastructure.


The company hopes to use more renewable energy by:

  • optimizing the use and performance of its assets producing low carbon power (waste heat recovery units);
  • investing or purchasing renewable power when it is economically and technically advantageous; and
  • generating renewable energy by optimizing the use of land (such as growing biomass, using quarries as water reservoir for hydro power, using land for wind mills)


Watch a video about LaFargeHolcim’s 2030 Plan below:


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