2015 World Environment Day: Lafarge contributing solutions to a circular economy
Each year, global waste generation is estimated at 3.4 to 4 billion tons. So what if this waste could be turned into resources? This is the idea behind the concept of circular economy, which has been the cornerstone of the Lafarge business model for over 20 years. On World Environment Day, discover how Lafarge contributes solutions to better manage waste and preserve natural resources.
Waste management: a major issue for the construction sector
Natural resources are being extracted at an increasing rate and manufactured into products that will require disposal after use. All of the waste generated will need specific management which can be a major challenge for many countries, particularly those with insufficient facilities.
As a leader in the construction material sector, we are more than concerned by the issue: in Europe for instance, construction & demolition waste account for more than 40% of the total waste produced*. However this waste represents an opportunity for us to provide a safe, environmentally sound waste disposal solution!
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ main lever to encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. This year’s theme is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care."
In 2050, 70% of the world population will live in cities, twice as many as there were in 1970. Whether large, medium or small, whether in mature or emerging countries, cities are central to the challenges facing the planet. To improve cities, Lafarge contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected.