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Concrete promise from HeidelbergCement

Dr Nicola Kimm

Company sets new standard: By 2030, specific CO2 emissions to be reduced by further 30%

HEIDELBERGCEMENT are accelerating their transformation towards a sustainable future. At this year’s Capital Markets Day, the company today [24 May] presented new medium-term sustainability targets under the motto ‘Concrete Promises’.

‘We are rigorously driving forward the transformation of HeidelbergCement to become the world's most sustainable company in our sector,’ said Dr Dominik von Achten, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement. ‘We have the ambition, speed, knowledge, technologies, and partners to lead the necessary change process in our sector.

‘Our focus is on expanding our portfolio of sustainable products, reducing our CO2 emissions quickly and significantly, proving that CO2-free products are possible on a large scale, and creating a circular economy by consistently applying the principles of circularity. Our new sustainability targets for 2030 illustrate this ambition.’

Dr Nicola Kimm (pictured), member of the managing board and chief sustainability officer at HeidelbergCement, commented: ‘We are significantly tightening our climate targets. With the reduction of specific net CO2 emissions to 400kg/tonne of cementitious material by 2030, we are establishing the most ambitious goal in the sector.’

This target corresponds to a reduction of 47% compared with the base year 1990 and is significantly higher than the previous reduction target of 33% for 2030 in the same period. Compared with 2021, the company aims to reduce CO2 emissions by a further 30%. Thus, in the next eight years, CO2 emissions are to decrease more strongly in percentage terms than in the last three decades. The company aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

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