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!


* Recycling Concrete Report - Cement Sustainability Initiative


A circular economy: a sustainable & profitable solution

Our business model has been focused on a circular economy for over 20 years: we reuse, repair, refurbish and recycle existing materials and products, in order to turn waste into resources.


To eliminate and recover waste, we create complementary relationships with local communities & governments as well as other industries:

  • by using processed industrial, municipal and agricultural waste as alternatives fuels in cement plants,
  • by reducing our own waste generation – through the implementation of recycling systems for instance,
  • by re-using construction & demolition waste to develop our recycled aggregates and concrete offer.


And that’s not all! This circular model goes further, allowing us to:

  • reduce our use of non-renewable resources,
  • secure long-term energy supply of our operations,
  • reduce energy costs,
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
  • support the development of local communities.

Example of concrete actions