Holcim sets additional targets sustainable development

Zürich, Switzerland – Holcim Ltd has published its sustainability report for
2004/2005. The Group is well on track to achieving its existing
sustainability targets. In addition, it has set further targets for
emissions and occupational health and safety.

The priorities of Holcim in the area of sustainable development are
occupational health and safety, environment, climate and energy, community involvement, stakeholder engagement and sustainable construction.

During the period under review, the Group has achieved a lot and is well on
track to meeting its sustainability targets. Thus, for example, net CO2
emissions per tonne of cement have been reduced by 14.7 percent since 1990.
The voluntary target of a 20 percent reduction by 2010 is therefore within
reach. For the first time, CO2 data have been assured by an external
auditor.

Holcim has set itself additional targets in the two important areas of
occupational health and safety and environment. The frequency of
accident-related absences is to be reduced by 30 percent annually over the
next three years. The Group also wants to reduce its atmospheric emissions.
Groupwide, the output of NOx, SO2 and dust per tonne of cement is to be
reduced by 20 percent by 2010 compared to 2004 levels. Holcim will
therefore be honoring all voluntary commitments made within the scope of
the Cement Sustainability Initiative of the World Business Council for
Sustainable Development.

A further important aspect of the commitment to sustainable development is
the company’s involvement in local communities in which it operates. Group
companies primarily support education, infrastructure and community
development projects. In total, roughly one percent of consolidated net
income before taxes was spent on these activities in 2005.

The efforts of Holcim in the field of sustainability are increasingly being
acknowledged by the outside world, as illustrated by the company’s
recognition as "Leader of the Industry" in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2006 and various awards for the Group companies.

The sustainability report includes all business areas of Holcim and meets
the high standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). It can be
downloaded from http://www.holcim.com/sustainable

Holcim is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates
(crushed stone, sand and gravel) as well as further activities such as
ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority
and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents.

Auteur: Redactie Infrasite

Bron: Holcim Group Support Ltd