Lafarge has published its fifteenth annual sustainability report, highlighting the increased development it is making in the field of sustainable development, predominantly in tackling the challenges of climate change as well as addressing a number of ‘material issues’ identified by the Lafarge Sustainability Compass.
Lafarge’s report covers its social, economic and environmental performance for 2014, as well as an update on progress towards the company’s Sustainability Ambitions 2020 programme. It has a particular focus on how the company is going to tackle the challenges of climate change through new solutions that aim to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, to enable durable cities to be built and innovating new lower-carbon products, as well as deploying actions to reduce its own footprint and promoting responsible energy and climate change policies.
Lafarge’s key areas of performance include:
- Sales of concrete containing recycled aggregates has tripled in the last 12 months (from a low base)
- The speed of reduction on dust emissions has doubled in the last two years (representing a 32% reduction on 2010 levels)
- Emissions of oxides of nitrogen have reduced by nearly a third since 2005
- Emissions of SOX have reduced by 73% since 2005
- Over 2500 programmes were developed with communities during the year, 71% of which were focused on key areas such as education and skills, job creation, biodiversity, water and affordable housing
- By the end of 2014, CO2 emissions/t of cement by had reduced by 26.4% (compared to 1990 levels), which equates to around 2 million t of CO2 avoided in 2014 alone
- Progress on the development of innovative, lower-carbon products, including new generation Aether cements, whose carbon footprint is 25 – 30% lower thanks to adapted production techniques
Lafarge’s Chairman and CEO, Bruno Lafont, says: “This report captures the acceleration Lafarge is making across the board, thanks to its comprehensive sustainable development programme.
“This is particularly true for climate change, where the entire life cycle of our materials, from production to their use, is taken into account in our actions.
“We are working on solutions that both reduce the impact of our industrial sites and meet societal challenges, such as building better cities.