Lafarge Group’s Sustainability Ambitions 2012
Sustainable development is not a new priority for the Lafarge Group. It is an integral part of its vision and day-to-day activities. The Sustainability Ambitions 2012 roadmap reaffirms the Group's three main commitments and highlights new challenges with regard to:
- Health and safety as a top priority
- Climate change
- The protection of the environment and biodiversity
The ambitions were introduced for all divisions to ensure there are tangible objectives and targets in place. Readymix Qatar is focused on making their own contributions to ensure that the Group can achieve its ambitions in sustainable development.
Lafarge has outlined a number of sustainable development priorities that are in line with the Lafarge Group's Sustainability Ambitions 2012.
Fighting climate change
Lafarge has been focusing on reducing its carbon footprint through measuring its impact and fully implementing actions to reduce carbon emissions through the use of rail and waterways, instead of road, to transport materials; recycling of material and the use of carbon-neutral materials and fuels.
Industrial ecology is a new way of integrating environmental factors (such as energy resources and natural raw materials) into business strategies. Inspired by the cycles of production, destruction and recycling in natural ecosystems, this approach uses waste from one industrial process as raw material or fuel for another.
Health and safety
Safety is a top priority for Readymix Qatar and for Lafarge worldwide. A stringent safety policy is in place to promote a culture of safety and establish Lafarge as one of the world's safest companies.
Central to Lafarge's focus is to develop innovative products that can contribute towards sustainably constructed building solutions. From the use of alternative or waste-derived materials and recycling to renewable energy and optimization of the thermal mass properties of concrete, Lafarge evaluates the different roles its products can play to efficiently reduce the impact of buildings on the environment.
Sustainable construction aims to limit the impact of buildings on the environment while enhancing their quality in terms of aesthetics, sustainability, durability and strength. Sustainable construction techniques apply across the entire lifecycle of a building, from the selection of initial materials to demolition and recycling.
Sustainable construction signifies in particular:
- the use of recyclable materials to conserve natural resources,
- the integration of renewable energy sources into a building's design,
- the optimization of renewable energy sources.
Readymix Qatar and Lafarge wants its presence and operations to have a positive impact on local communities and makes constant and sincere efforts to act responsibly, maintain good relations with its neighbors.
Moving towards more sustainable development
Lafarge remains committed to balancing sustained economic growth with social progress and environmental protection. As part of its approach to maintaining operations throughout the world, Lafarge continues to take into account the local, regional and national economic, social and environmental challenges.
To ensure this commitment remains core to the approach of everyone within Lafarge, the values of respect, care and rigour are part of the Group's Principles of Action, which were introduced in 1977, far before sustainable development emerged as a concept.
Since 2005, Lafarge has ranked among the 100 best-performing multinationals in terms of sustainable development according to the ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ study organised by Corporate Knights Inc.