Lafarge Holcim commits $161m to cut CO2 emissions in Europe

French industrial company plans to improve its carbon-efficiency rate and cut annual CO2 emissions in Europe by 15%

Lafarge plans to cut CO2 emissions [representational].
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Lafarge plans to cut CO2 emissions [representational].

French industrial company Lafarge Holcim has announced plans to invest $161m in advanced equipment and technology that use low-carbon fuels, as well as recycled materials for its processes and products, to improve its carbon-efficiency rate and reduce annual CO2 emissions in Europe by 15% - or 3 million tonnes (t) – as it delivers more than 80 projects across 19 European countries in the next three years.

In a statement, the company said it would “integrate the principle of circular economy into the cement production process” through the use of waste materials instead of fossil fuels and primary raw materials.

Lafarge Holcim repurposed 11 million t of waste, including two million t of non-recyclable plastics, in 2018. The company plans to step up its efforts by recycling an additional 1.5 million t each year.

The company will also increase its use of mineral alternatives and waste materials – on average, Lafarge Holcim uses 4.5 million t to replace clinker with byproducts from other industries.

Additional efforts to replace clinker will allow the company to increase the CO2 efficiency of its cements produced in Europe by one million t.

Lafarge Holcim said it would continue its sustainability initiatives across Europe, such as the recently launched Lafarge 360 offer that includes scoring and carbon footprint modelling.

Low-carbon products are also being designed in France, Poland, and Romania for soil stabilisation to ensure better life cycle assessments of roads, and Lafarge Holcim is working on masonry cements in France and Romania that have a carbon footprint that is 50% lower than that of pure cement.

Commenting on the new round of green investment, Lafarge Holcim’s region head for Europe, Marcel Cobuz, said: “We are cognisant of our impact on the environment and will remain at the forefront of efforts to mitigate climate change.

“With this investment in Europe, we are taking a further step to become more carbon-efficient. We are not only investing to reduce CO2 in our own operations, but are also seeking the collaboration with our customers across the value-chain to improve the carbon efficiency of buildings and infrastructure throughout their lifecycle.”

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