Lafarge is convinced that sustained economic growth cannot occur without social progress, environmental protection and respect for local communities. Discover our values, our sustainable development priorities and our daily operations in the field.
Sustainability is a way of life for Lafarge. While we sincerely strive for sustainable actions as a matter of what is right, Lafarge understands that in order to be successful - we must be financially sustainable. Therefore, it makes business sense to do what is right. We know that we have more to do to continue to improve our environmental performance but we are proud of the steps we are taking every day. We are always seeking ways to increase our performance at our operations but beyond that we work to develop innovative solutions that can help design professionals achieve sustainable design.
Sustainable development, social progress, environmental protection: these concerns have been at the heart of Lafarge's strategy since its inception, over 170 years ago.
Making a net positive contribution to society
Lafarge showed its leadership in this area by being the first in its sector and one of the first industrials to take on firm CO2 reduction commitments and has continued its progress in its Ambitions 2012 program (2007-2012).
We are increasingly convinced that considering the vast challenges that the world faces on education, urbanization and poverty, we need to go further.
As the world leader in our sector, we can contribute to improving the quality of life of an always-expanding urban population through homes, housing systems and infrastructure.
This is why Lafarge Sustainability Ambitions 2020 are the first steps towards a vision of the future where we strive to protect the environment and, more importantly, to make a net positive contribution to society as a whole.
Our new Ambitions are organized around three pillars that will establish us as a leading sustainability company:
- Society / Building Communities,
- Economy / Building Sustainably,
- Environment / Building the Circular Economy.
Lafarge's Ambitions 2020 will drive changes to every part of the Group's operations over the next eight years, in order to change the way we operate and let us progress towards our vision.
Preserving the Environment
Lafarge North America is committed to being a leader in sustainability. Our goals include preserving natural resources, limiting the amount of waste we produce in our plants, protecting and improving the quality of life for plant and animal species around our plants and rehabilitating our quarries. For Lafarge, sustainability influences the products we produce and the way that we produce those products. Several of our facilities, including the Bath, Ontario Cement Plant are experimenting with alternative fuels in order to lower the amount of coal used at our plants.
Here at Lafarge Precast Edmonton sustainability and the environment is of prime importance. We track and can report on Global Warming Potential, Primary Embodied Energy and Water Use associated with the precast concrete produced in our Lafarge Precast Edmonton plant. We participated in the development of Environmental Product Declarations and Product Category Rules for precast in North America.
Canada: the first net zero energy precast concrete homes
In partnership with the international architecture and engineering firm Stantec, Lafarge North America donated an innovative residential duplex constructed of precast concrete - with a goal of net zero energy use - to the Habitat for Humanity community of Riverdale in Edmonton, Alberta. The purpose of the project is to design and build the ultimate energy efficient housing solution that can serve as a model for future sustainable housing development.
This first-of-its-kind project in Canada will provide affordable housing for two families - and a real-world learning opportunity for Lafarge, an industry leader in innovations for sustainable construction and environmental stewardship.