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HeidelbergCement expand green commitment


Company joins Europe Regional Network of World Green Building Council as official Regional Partner

TO further accelerate developments in sustainable construction, HeidelbergCement have joined the Europe Regional Network (ERN) of the World Green Building Council as an official Regional Partner.

The ERN is a community of 23 national Green Building Councils, eight Regional Partners and more than 4,500 member companies across Europe.

HeidelbergCement have been active in a number of national Green Building Councils for many years and say they intend to expand this commitment in their new role as Regional Partner of the ERN.

‘As one of the leading companies in the construction industry, we have long been committed to sustainable construction,’ said Dr Dominik von Achten, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement.

‘Together with the Europe Regional Network of the World Green Building Council, we now want to further intensify the promotion of sustainability and innovation in the construction sector. In this way, we are accelerating the development towards a carbon-neutral construction industry, and ultimately towards a carbon-neutral society in Europe.

‘Strengthening sustainable construction also helps us to achieve our medium- and long-term sustainability goals, such as the Sustainability Commitments 2030.’

Sustainable construction is a key factor in global efforts to reduce emissions, and HeidelbergCement are convinced that concrete has the potential to become the most sustainable building material.

The company has announced that by 2030, it will use 80% of its research budget to develop sustainable products – this includes the goal of a carbon-neutral concrete, which HeidelbergCement want to achieve by 2050 at the latest.

The company has also set itself the goal of reducing its specific CO2 emissions per tonne of cement by 30% by 2030, compared with 1990.

This goal has been recognized by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) and makes HeidelbergCement the first cement company worldwide with scientifically proven CO2 reduction targets. By 2019, HeidelbergCement had already achieved a reduction of 22%.

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