HeidelbergCement sustainability equation: Less carbon, zero accidents

Germany’s HeidelbergCement Group has added a decade to the horizon of its Sustainability Ambitions 2020 program. The six-point successor centers on reducing carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent from 1990 levels; steering 80 percent of the research & development budget to sustainable products; increasing natural resource substitution with by-products or recycled materials; and, eliminating lost-time accidents.

Sustainability Commitments 2030 will be implemented worldwide throughout the HeidelbergCement Group, whose major businesses include Lehigh Hanson in North America. It prioritizes:

  • Driving economic strength and innovation;
  • Achieving excellence in occupational health and safety;
  • Reducing environmental footprint;
  • Enabling the circular economy;
  • Being a good neighbor; and,
  • Ensuring compliance and creating transparency.

With program development supported by representatives of all business lines and Group areas, notes HeidelbergCement Chairman Dr. Bernd Scheifele, “This joint effort has already created a broad understanding of what we want to achieve as a company.

The Commitments, he adds, “must become present in the minds and the daily activities of our employees, and reflected in our business processes. Our goal is to grow in harmony with the environment and society. Sustainability Commitments 2030 challenges us to find new solutions and think differently to make our business even more sustainable.”


Charlie Brown