Every year in the Lafarge Sustainability Report find out more about our key figures and indicators, local projects and feedback from our stakeholder panel and follow our progress towards achieving our Sustainability Ambitions 2020.
2013 Lafarge Sustainability report
The 2013 issue of our Sustainability report includes:
FAQ 1 : Our reporting methodology
FAQ 2 : Our public positions
Energy consumption and resource management
The circular economy addresses three public policy objectives: independence in energy supply, natural resource stewardship and job creation through the development of the green economy. Public policies need to incentivize recycling and limit the landfilling of high-energy waste. Public authorities need to foster the reuse of construction and demolition materials when these meet technical requirements, adapting building regulations as required.
CO2 & Air Emissions
We support the conclusion of a global agreement on climate change at the 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris. This agreement should facilitate the implementation of cost-effective CO2 emission reduction initiatives by companies, foster private sector investments in energy efficiency and innovation towards low carbon solutions throughout the value chain, without distorting competition. In the absence of such an agreement, uncoordinated energy and climate policies are likely to emerge, hindering companies' competitiveness and ability to take action.
Through appropriate planning for resource extraction and rehabilitation programs, our extracting practice can have a positive impact on biodiversity protection and ecosystem management. It is essential to enable raw material sourcing and extraction close to production sites. This is achieved through coordinated planning and efficient allocation of licenses to operate. In addition, we consider that quarry rehabilitation is the best way to protect biodiversity, as opposed to financial compensation.
Water policies need to cover three essential aspects: resource availability, quality and ecosystem management. Relevant public policies need to be implemented locally. They should aim at maximizing benefits for all stakeholders equitably through coordination on water, land and other resource management, without jeopardizing ecosystems. Such public policies should result from dialogue between all stakeholders, including the private sector.
FAQ 3 : Our Materiality matrix
Every year, we conduct a materiality assessment to identify areas that are important for both our stakeholders and the success of our business. This has allowed us to define three key priorities for the Group:
- climate change,
- health & safety
- and business ethics.