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SBTi approval for HeidelbergCement

HeidelbergCement cement plant

HeidelbergCement first cement company to receive approval for science-based CO2 reduction targets

FOLLOWING a thorough validation procedure, HeidelbergCement’s CO2-reduction targets 2030 have been successfully assessed against the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) criteria. This makes HeidelbergCement the first company in the cement sector, and one of currently only about 200 companies worldwide, to have approved science-based targets.

The SBTi independently assesses and validates corporate emissions-reduction targets against the latest climate science: Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered ‘science based’ if they are in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

HeidelbergCement say their CO2-reduction strategy is based on concrete bottom-up measures on a plant and product level. These include improving energy efficiency and a steadily increasing use of alternative fuels and alternative raw materials.

‘Concrete has the potential to become the most sustainable building material,’ said Dr Bernd Scheifele, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement. ‘Our goal is to realize the vision of CO2-neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest. In the coming years, we want to make significant progress in this direction, and the SBTi’s approval is a clear proof of our strong commitment.’

HeidelbergCement’s SBTi-approved target is to reduce scope 1 GHG emissions by 15% per tonne of cementitious materials by 2030 from a 2016 base year. HeidelbergCement also commit to reduce scope 2 GHG emissions by 65% per tonne of cementitious materials within the same time frame*.

The SBTi-approved target is consistent with HeidelbergCement’s previously formulated goal of a 30% reduction in the company’s specific net CO2 emissions by 2030, compared with 1990.

To date, HeidelbergCement have already managed to achieve a reduction of 20% and are understood to be in a leading position when it comes to the development of new technologies for CO2 sequestration and use, eg by returning the CO2 into the material cycle of cement and concrete through recarbonation.

*The target boundary includes biogenic emissions and removals associated with the use of bioenergy.

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