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HeidelbergCement join the Race to Zero


Company signs up to ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ and joins UN’s ‘Race To Zero’ campaign

TODAY, HeidelbergCement have signed the Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment, a global initiative led by the SBTi in partnership with the UN Global Compact and the ‘We Mean Business’ coalition, aimed at limiting global warming to 1.5°C and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.

With their signature, HeidelbergCement have joined the global Race To Zero campaign, which aims to build positive momentum for the transition to a decarbonized economy ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021.

‘As one of the world’s leading building materials producers, we are continuously increasing our efforts in the global fight against climate change,’ said Dr Dominik von Achten, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement.

‘We are working on all levels to reach carbon neutrality – within our operations as well as through associations and initiatives such as the Race To Zero campaign. Every effort brings us closer to our goal.’

To substantiate the path to 2050 with concrete, scientifically validated targets and measures, HeidelbergCement say they will intensify their collaboration with the Science Based Targets initiative and global partners.

The company has already committed itself to lower its Scope 1 emissions to below 500kg of CO2 per tonne of cementitious material by 2030 – a reduction of 33% compared with 1990, and Scope 2 emissions are to be reduced by 65% by 2030, compared with 2016.

Also, to significantly reduce supply and transport-related Scope 3 emissions, the company is collaborating with partners along the entire value chain, with the aim of being carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest.

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