We helped Holcim, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates, standardise its sustainability methodology across the whole of their organisation.
Holcim required a consistent operational approach to measuring direct and indirect emissions associated with the production of cement and ready-mix concrete, both to meet their customers' requests for more information on the environmental impact of their products and as part of a wider objective to slash its direct carbon emissions by a quarter on 1990 levels. To address this, Holcim sought the Carbon Trust's unique expertise at applying the process of product carbon footprinting to:
Our work with the Carbon Trust goes to the core of our business model. Sustainable development is not about how we spend our money; it is integral to the way we make our money. Ultimately, we are in business to provide products and solutions to our customers. We need to ensure that the solutions we provide are superior in quality, competitive in price and have the lowest possible environmental and social footprint. The Carbon Trust has helped us get closer to our objectives.
Eva Carranza, Holcim
Holcim's UK subsidiary had previously worked with the Carbon Trust and been impressed with its extensive knowledge, and experience of applying of PAS2050 - a method for assessing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services. In 2011, Holcim wanted further help to standardise its sustainability methodology across the whole of their organisation. The Carbon Trust provided the following support:
The organisation stands to save a significant amount of money in the long term by:
In a competitive product market where the price, quality, availability of your products closely match our competitors, it is our products environmental credentials that are increasingly seen by buyers/specifiers as the next real differentiator.
Holcim's work with the Carbon Trust also reinforced its focus on developing new, greener cement product lines by building on silo successes. Some of Holcim's subsidiaries are currently reviewing their product portfolio seeking to increase the share of green cements and reducing significantly their carbon footprint in the process.