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Holcim accelerate commitment to decarbonize construction

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Partnership with SBTi to launch 1.5°C science-based framework to decarbonize the cement industry

HOLCIM have announced the launch of the world’s first 1.5°C science-based framework to decarbonize the cement industry, resulting from their partnership with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

This framework was independently developed by the SBTi, in collaboration with an expert advisory group representing academia, civil society, and industry, to decarbonize cement in a rigorous and science-driven way.

Holcim have submitted their 1.5°C-aligned 2030 targets for SBTi validation and are engaging with like-minded organizations at New York Climate Week to scale up the framework’s deployment.

Jan Jenisch, chief executive officer of Holcim, said: ‘With today’s growing population and rising urbanization, the construction sector has a key role to play to build a net-zero future.

‘At Holcim, we are at the forefront of decarbonizing building across its entire lifecycle to build better with less, from our own operations to low-carbon construction, all the way to energy-efficient buildings in use.

‘Taking a rigorous, science-driven approach on this journey, we partnered with the SBTi to create the 1.5°C-aligned framework for the sector. Today, we submit our 2030 net-zero targets in line with this framework and encourage all our peers to join us to scale up our impact together.’

Alberto Carrillo Pineda, co-founder and chief technical officer of the SBTi, said: ‘To prevent the climate crisis from getting worse and the negative impacts becoming more frequent with every fraction of warming, urgent action from the private sector is required.

‘For the first time, cement companies have a clear blueprint on how to align their decarbonization strategies with climate science, taking into account the unique context of the industry. The transformation towards low-carbon technologies is critical for the long-term viability of the industry.

‘We encourage all cement production companies to set science-based targets and to play their role in building a climate-safe economy.’

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