We set ambitious targets to reduce emissions as part of our environmental stewardship and responsibility towards the communities surrounding our operations.
We have been contributing to the fight against climate change for many years and one of our major ambitions for 2020 is to achieve a 33% reduction in our CO2 emissions per ton of cement. In order to meet this ambitious objective, we are improving kiln energy efficiency; increasing our use of alternative fuels such as biomass; and continuing to reduce the clinker intensity of our cements, developing blended cements for a range of different applications.
In addition, we are investing in research and development to:
- Industrialize lower-carbon Aether® cements, which offer similar performance to conventional cement, while allowing a 25-30% reduction in CO2 emissions;
- Perfect more energy-efficient processes;
- Optimize the composition of concrete and improve recycling.
Through our Ambitions 2020 program we have also committed to further reducing our emissions of NOx and SO2 and dust. Finally, we are introducing new programs to reduce the level of noise emitted by our plants, improve the visual impact of our operations, and set specific reduction targets related to mercury and the control of dioxin/furans.