Sustainability Commitments 2030

The Sustainability Commitments 2030 are the cornerstones of HeidelbergCement’s sustainability strategy. They were first introduced in 2017.

In 2020, we revised some of the related targets and their respective deadlines to reflect environmental and social developments. The Sustainability Commitments 2030 now include several new or updated targets and an even broader range of responsibilities in corporate sustainability management.

Driving Economic Strength and Innovation

“We will ensure sustainable profitability through the effective management of all processes and resources and the continuing innovation of products and services.”

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  • We use all resources as efficiently as possible and target to earn a premium on our cost of capital.
  • We invest substantially in R&D towards innovative low-carbon production technologies and products, and will advance a portfolio of sustainable products in every Group country.
  • We are active in Green Building Councils and similar organisations in order to drive innovation of sustainable products together with our customers.

Achieving Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety

“We are committed to continuously enhancing the occupational health and safety conditions of our employees, contractors, and third parties.”

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  • We will achieve zero fatalities.
  • We will achieve zero lost time injuries.
  • We will implement the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s WASH Pledge for access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene at all production sites.

Reducing our Environmental Footprint

“We are committed to fulfilling our share of the global responsibility to keep temperature rise below 2°C, and we will continue to reduce our impacts on air, land and water.”

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  • We will reduce the CO2 footprint of our cementitious products by 30% compared to 1990 by 2025 – and further reduce to below 500 kg CO2 per tonne of cementitious material by 2030.
  • We will reduce the CO2 emissions from electrical power consumption by at least 65% compared to 1990 by 2030.
  • To reduce the supply and transport-related greenhouse gas emissions of our finished products and to support the decarbonation of relevant industries, we engage with all of our partners along the whole value chain.
  • We will increase the alternative fuels rate to 43%.
  • We will reduce cement production-related SOx and NOx emissions by 40% and dust by 80% compared with 2008.
  • We will permanently reduce all other air emissions below cement industry average.
  • We aim to reduce water consumption at all operational sites as far as economically and technologically feasible. We aim to implement water management plans at all sites located in water scarce areas and will offer own surplus water resources to local users. 
  • At Group level, all efforts will be combined in a global strategic water consumption reduction plan.
Land use
  • All our extraction sites are operated based on an after-use plan agreed with local authorities and in accordance with the needs of local communities.
  • We aim to include biodiversity enhancement recommendations in any new after-use plan.
  • We want to implement a biodiversity management plan at all business operations located within 1 km of a recognized high biodiversity value area.
  • In case of nature-oriented after-use plans, we aim to achieve a positive impact on the biodiversity value at our extraction sites.

Enabling the Circular Economy

“We conserve our natural reserves by continuously increasing the use of alternative resources as substitutes for natural raw materials.”

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  • We will continuously increase the substitution rate of natural raw materials by using by-products or recycled materials.
  • We will increase the use of recycled aggregates in our fresh concrete portfolio.

Being a Good Neighbour

“We are committed to supporting the social and economic development of our neighbouring communities and ensure transparent communication to all our stakeholders.”

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  • We maintain open and transparent communication about our activities and performance.
  • We help improve the living conditions in neighbouring communities.
  • Group-wide, we achieve 60,000 hours of corporate volunteering annually.

Ensuring Compliance and Creating Transparency

“We adhere to international human rights, anti-corruption and labour standards and co-operate pro-actively in an open and transparent manner with all our stakeholders.”

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  • We ensure compliance with international human rights, anti-corruption and labour standards through internal control and risk management systems, such as internal audits and a whistle-blower hotline.
  • We ensure that our suppliers comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • We ensure that each position is staffed with the most qualified person, independent from gender, origin, beliefs, and/or orientation.

The Sustainability Commitments 2030 build on and succeed the HeidelbergCement Sustainability Ambitions 2020. Embracing a wider scope of responsibilities in corporate sustainability management, they will drive us to continually improve as we contribute to building a better world for 2030 and beyond.

HeidelbergCement supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

We have aligned our Sustainability Commitments 2030 with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) enacted 2015 by the UN General Assembly, which have been adopted by all 193 member states. The SDGs aim to end extreme poverty, fight injustice and protect our planet with 17 goals set out for 2030.

For HeidelbergCement, supporting the SDGs means fulfilling our share of the global responsibility to tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.