Other sustainability impacts

While the LafargeHolcim 2030 Plan focuses on the aforementioned topics, as part of our daily business we also manage a number of other sustainability-related issues. These include the reduction of waste, fuel and energy consumption, and other emissions (notably dust, NOx and SO2), as well as stakeholder engagement and employee relations. Key performance indicators relating to these and other sustainability topics will be reported in our Sustainability Report and on our website by mid-2016.

Unfortunately, in today’s economic environment, adjustments and reductions to our capacity have been unavoidable. We are aware that the reduction of employment is a painful process, and so we not only comply with applicable local labor laws – especially with regard to the appropriate involvement of labor councils and unions – but consistently try to find the best possible solution in the interest of both our employees and the company.

LafargeHolcim at COP21

In November and December 2015, Paris hosted the 21st annual session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP21.

The conference resulted in an agreement to attempt to limit the rise in global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, including a stretch goal to limit that increase to just 1.5 degrees Celsius. The agreement brings us a few steps closer to a global level playing field and the implementation of effective carbon pricing. As the most innovative company in our sector, LafargeHolcim will further develop and deploy low-carbon solutions for the construction industry. We will continue to be a leading actor in the initiatives in which we have been involved to date, including, at the global level, the WBCSD’s Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi) and the Global Alliance on Buildings and Construction, which we helped launch at the COP21’s Buildings Day.

Looking forward

Our 2030 Plan defines the contribution of LafargeHolcim to the achievement of the majority of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals recently approved by the United Nations. The upcoming years will be dedicated to the translation of that long-term vision into detailed action plans in each country where we are active. The progress made in this journey will be consistently reported and quantitatively measured thanks to the integrated profit and loss statement of LafargeHolcim, which reflects the triple bottom line values of the company, taking into account environmental and social externalities in a lifecycle approach.