We want to build a better tomorrow, creating value for society and for our company. Progress offers multiple opportunities but poses important challenges such as the reduction of carbon emissions, the depletion of natural resources and the production of waste.
"Cementir's growth path, which began in 2001 and led us to today's important achievements, shall be inspired more and more by the principles of sustainability and respect for the environment. This is driven by our sensitivity, our culture, our employees, our investors and the communities in which we operate. Among the many challenges we face, sustainable growth is one of the most difficult".
Francesco Caltagirone Jr. Chairman and CEO of Cementir Group
The Group set 25 Sustainability Targets covering the priority areas for Cementir. Such targets are related to Cementir effort to adopt all necessary measures and the most innovative technological solutions to:
- minimise the impact of its business on the environment;
- create a healthy, safe and inclusive work environment;
- respect human rights and
- create a constructive and transparent relationship with local communities and business partners.
The 25 Sustainability Targets are aligned with the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations General Assembly:
Safety comes first. Within 2030, all our operating companies related to cement production, concrete production and waste management will operate with a certified health and safety management system (i.e. ISO 45001). We analyze the causes of any accidents or near misses and we share the lessons learned across the Group. In 2019, no fatalities involved our employees.
In addition, in 2019, the Group performed an internal survey “Your Voice” to verify the level of engagement of personnel across the Group. More than 80% of employees have been involved and according to the results of the survey, specific action plans have been defined at global and local levels.
During 2018 we launched Cementir Academy, a training hub that aims to develop and enhance the technical, behavioural and managerial skills of all our employees. In 2019, more than 50,000 hours of training were supplied, almost 17 hours of training per capita.
Since 1998 Cementir, through its subsidiary Çimentaş, has provided financial support to the incorporation and the development of the Işıkkent Educational Campus, an important school in the city of Izmir (Turkey) where education is provided at all levels from nursery school to high school. In 2019, the school counted 770 students.
We consider inclusion and diversity as fundamental values of our culture and of our human and professional growth, an enrichment necessary for sustainable development.
We aim to promote diversity also within the Board of Directors.
In 2019, 23% of personnel involved in the Group Talent Program and the 16% of successors fro key position (the double comparing 2018) was female.
We recycle water used in the production processes and collect rainwater in specific dedicated areas of our plants. In 2019 we recycled 65% of water used in the production of cement, concrete and aggregates compared to 63% in 2018 and 61% in 2017.
In our cement production process, we fully exploit the potential renewable energy. At our Aalborg plant we provide district heating to the local municipality by recovering the heat generated in the kiln.
In 2019, Aalborg supplied heat corresponding to the needs of around 36,000 households and we are investing to provide such district heating to 50,000 households, around half of Aalborg city population. Furthermore, we are planning to use the cold water from our chalk reserves to provide district cooling for Aalborg's University Hospital.
In Belgium and Turkey, we are investing to use waste heat recovery to generate electricity, whereas in Denmark we are designing an 8MW wind farm which will provide renewable energy to the plant.
At Cementir group we create economic growth and jobs for local communities.
In the 2020 - 2022 Industrial Plan, we have planned 100 million euros investments in sustainability and digitization, including:
- the construction of an 8 MW wind farm for Aalborg plant needs;
- heat recovery in our plants in Denmark and Turkey which will reduce fossil fuel consumption by 30%;
- the expansion of district heating to 50,000 families in Aalborg;
- the increase in the use of alternative fuels from the current 40% to 80% in Belgium;
- the digitization of the manufacturing processes, maintenance, inventory management and spare parts at all our main plants.
CO2 footprint reduction across the entire value chain through:
- new cement types based on FUTURECEMTM technology, developed and patented by Cementir Holding, which enables a reduction of clinker content in cement and consequently a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions;
- innovative applications and products, including Ultra-High-Performance Concrete (UHPC), Glass-Fibre Reinforced Concrete (GFRC), magnetic concrete and 3D printing.
Respect for human rights is a basic tenet of our beliefs and is consistent with our values and goals to be a more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable Group. Our Human Rights Policy aims at supporting and guiding the management and employees to achieve these goals. We endorse the principles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) based on respect for the dignity of the individual without distinction of any kind. As part of Cementir’s initiative related to Human Rights, in 2019, the Internal Audit established a Human Rights self-assessment checklist as part of the standard internal audit process.
In waste we see resources: we promote a circular economy
- we cover 23.5% of thermal energy needs using alternative fuels instead of non-renewable fossil fuels;
- we recycle the 12% of all raw materials used in the production process;
- we produce a total of 110,000 tons of fuel from waste and we recycle, through mechanical selection and treatment processes, almost 7,000 tons of materials.
We will reduce CO2 emissions per ton of cement of about 30% by 2030.
The target will be achieved through greater use of of alternative fuels (77% of the total to produce grey cement within 2030) and renewable resources, reduction of thermal consumption and the clinker ratio of cements. A pivotal role in CO2 reduction will be played by FUTURECEMTM - our proprietary technology internally developed and worldwide patented - which allows a reduction of clinker content in cement.
We follow programs of rehabilitation and recovery of biodiversity of all the sites planned for closure. In Belgium, the Life in Quarries project was launched, a program funded by the European Commission. The objective of the Life in Quarries project is to develop a methodology that allows to optimize the capacity to host the biodiversity of quarries in Belgium.
Supporting Denmark in delivering a 70% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030
Through Aalborg Portland, the Group is involved in the most ambitious CO2 reduction project sponsored by a government. The Managing Director of Aalborg Portland is leading the technical group that will provide to the Danish government the technical forecast of all potential CO2 reductions achievable by energy intensive industry in Denmark and will define the prerequisites (policy, research, innovation, subsidies, etc.) for such reductions.