Holcim announces its strategy to become nature-positive by restoring and preserving biodiversity and water while bringing more nature into cities. Holcim’s positive impact on biodiversity is based on transformative rehabilitation plans and measured by a science-based methodology developed in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Preserving water across its business, Holcim targets to replenish freshwater in water-risk areas while lowering water intensity across all its product lines. Holcim will also accelerate the deployment of solutions such as Hydromedia and green roof systems for more liveable urban environments. Holcim’s nature-positive strategy places it among the 1% of the 500 largest global companies1 with science-driven biodiversity targets and the first in its sector with a freshwater replenishment commitment.
On its journey to become nature-positive, Holcim commits to:
Delivering a measurable positive impact on biodiversity by 2030 based on the Biodiversity Indicator Reporting System (BIRS) developed in partnership with IUCN, with:
Global BIRS baseline completed in all managed land by 2024
All quarries with rehabilitation plans by 2022
Replenishing freshwater in water-risk areas by 2030, with:
75% of sites to be water-positive
100% of sites to be equipped with water recycling systems
Lowering water intensity across business lines2 by 2030, with:
33% reduction in cement
20% reduction in aggregates
15% reduction in ready-mix concrete
Holcim will continue to develop and deploy its nature-based approach across its products and solutions. For instance, its bioactive concrete restores marine ecosystems, its Firestone roofing systems contain the urban heat island effect and its Hydromedia permeable concrete recharges groundwater, allowing urban forests to grow. Scaling up its impact across its supply chain, Holcim ensures that all its environmentally critical suppliers operate according to recognized environmental management systems.