To find out more about Heidelberg Cement: 

Other Videos

HeidelbergCement: Our Road to Carbon Neutrality

“The world can count on HeidelbergCement.” So says CEO Dr. Dominik von Achten, and it is this pledge that informs the sustainable actions and commitments of the German-based, vertically integrated building construction materials manufacturer.

The building materials sector is currently facing scrutiny for its high emissions. With sustainability a growing priority from industries and society at large, sectors responsible for high levels of emissions are very aware of the need for changes in their operations.

HeidelbergCement is a longstanding sustainable presence in this industry. Since 1990, the company has reduced its carbon footprint by 22% through a wide variety of measures implemented across its facilities all around the world; these include using alternative fuels, improving energy efficiency, and replacing clinker with low carbon alternatives. HeidelbergCement’s aim is to offer carbon neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest. To achieve this, the company has adopted a clear and ambitious strategy, building on principles such as its Sustainability Commitments 2030 which are in line with the UN Social Development Goals and the goals of the 2016 Paris Agreement.

To realise a successful and sustainable transition, HeidelbergCement is working to capture any remaining emissions to use or store as necessary. In its ambitious LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) project HeidelbergCement, together with a number of strategic partners, aims to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a technological process designed to directly capture high-purity CO2 that is released from the limestone when heated up during the production process. This avoids the need for additional energy to separate the CO2 from the material stack.

In addition to optimising processes, promoting the circular economy becomes a necessity. HeidelbergCement has implemented this by investigating the reuse of recycled building materials – such as in fresh concrete – and utilising recycled minerals to avoid using virgin materials. This is demonstrated by Alex Fraser, HeidelbergCement’s Australian subsidiary, which is using recycled products for pavement construction.

Such sustainable action is indicative of HeidelbergCement’s strategy; by using a scientifically verified approach, the company makes a sustainable impact and demonstrates the effectiveness of newly developed technology to the wider industry.

HeidelbergCement strongly believes that the extractive industry can offer much to the environment and wildlife around it. This can happen through the creation of habitats for animals and plants both during and after extraction; these habitats can support rare and endangered species – providing them with new homes or areas to move through. Aware that time is crucial to preserve and promote biodiversity, HeidelbergCement collaborates closely with communities, governments and NGOs to effectively steward the land in the areas it operates in.

HeidelbergCement is all too aware of the need for sustainable action across its industry. Through adhering to science-based targets, optimising its operations, collaborating with stakeholders, and fostering biodiversity across its sites, the company is displaying its determination to pursue sustainable milestones – providing an effective blueprint for how to bring about a sustainable transition in this sector.


Twitter Feed

TBD MediaFollow

TBD Media

What will the world look like in 2045? We caught up with #UOB, the leading bank in Asia, to learn how they have aligned their sustainability strategy to all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as they forge a sustainable future for all.

Reply on Twitter 1472491954625822722Retweet on Twitter 1472491954625822722 Like on Twitter 1472491954625822722 Twitter 1472491954625822722

Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, steps down to make way for a new government! We look back at the environmental and sustainable policies of the ”Merkel era” and what changes might come with new parties in charge: #TBDMedia

Reply on Twitter 1472129547755790336Retweet on Twitter 1472129547755790336 Like on Twitter 1472129547755790336 Twitter 1472129547755790336

Did you know that chemical pesticides have contributed to a rapidly declining biodiversity? Discover @Biobest_Group, the leading developer, producer, and supplier of a wide range of biological and natural solutions as an alternative to chemical pesticides:

Reply on Twitter 1471827676201725953Retweet on Twitter 1471827676201725953 Like on Twitter 14718276762017259531Twitter 1471827676201725953
Load More…