Bucharest, June 20th 2011 – Holcim Romania launches the 6th edition of its Sustainability Report for the period 2009-2010. The new report presents an overview of the company’s activities and its efforts over the past few years to strive for sustainability in its production of cement and concrete as well as to promote sustainability in construction.
The environmental impact of construction requires innovative and energy-efficient solutions. Therefore, Holcim Romania’s strategy is to make a contribution to the sustainable development of the society as a whole, both by its products and services, and also by investments in the environment and the increase of energy efficiency in production.
In the period 2009-2010, the company invested over 60 million Euro, mostly for the modernisation of its production facilities and business development using the best technologies available in the industry, in order to protect the environment and preserve natural resources.
“Sustainability is achieved by the company’s actions or systems, but also by the attitude of each and every one of its employees and managers. We operate in an industry significantly relying on natural resources and we are fully aware of our responsibility to protect them. Therefore, we are committed to increasing the company’s efficiency and profitability, while protecting the environment, respecting the communities in the neighbourhood of our operations and contributing to their development”, stated Daniel Bach, CEO Holcim Romania.
Sustained efforts to reduce CO2 emissions
Lowering the carbon footprint is a key objective in the strategy and actions implemented by Holcim Romania. By its “green” investments made over the past few years, the company achieved already in 2009 the -20% goal set at the level of the worldwide active Holcim Group to reduce specific CO2 emissions per tonne of product (cement and similar hydraulic binders) by 2010.
The Holcim Group has further ambitious plans and has taken a new commitment to reduce specific CO2 emissions per tonne of product (cement and similar hydraulic binders) by 25% until 2015 compared to the 1990 baseline. In order to support this new objective, Holcim Romania will allocate 35 million Euro in 2011 to develop projects on environment protection and energy efficiency, and to ensure the maintenance of its plant equipment.
Care for Health and Safety
In the period 2009-2010, more than 2 million Euro were spent in the cement plants, aggregates and ready-mixed concrete stations to improve health and safety and to further build our own safety culture, with the ultimate target of “Zero harm to people”.
The money was used for purchasing the best available working and protective equipment, modernising equipment safety devices, providing protection food, organising awareness-raising campaigns and trainings for its own employees and also for third parties.
Innovative products and solutions for sustainable partnerships
The development of new environmentally friendly products, such as composite cements and road binders, is a solution that Holcim Romania adopted to respond to customer needs in a sustainable manner. Composite cements contain mineral admixtures, having therefore a lower clinker content. This significantly reduces CO2 emissions and helps protect the environment.
The road hydraulic binders, a premiere introduced by the company on the Romanian market in 2004, contribute to the durability of infrastructure projects. These binders are special products, developed to improve the characteristics of the basic and foundation layers for roads and railways, for soil stabilisation and treatment.
Waste co-processing in cement plants
In the period 2009-2010, Holcim Romania invested 3 million Euro in expanding its co-processing facilities in its cement plants in Aleşd and Câmpulung.
Waste co-processing is a method of complete recovery of both, the energy and mineralogical content of wastes in the process of cement production. This process allows the partial replacement of traditional fuels and raw materials with alternative ones, derived from waste. The method was implemented in the cement plants owned by Holcim Romania in Câmpulung and Aleşd even before Romania’s accession to the EU, and developed rapidly over the past years.
Holcim Romania supports the communities in which it cooperates in their development, particularly in the areas of education, health and infrastructure. In 2009 and 2010, Holcim Romania spent more than 500,000 Euro for respective projects and sponsorships among which:
- In 2010, Holcim donated an immunology analyser to the Câmpulung Municipal Hospital, benefiting 120,000 patients.
- In 2010, the company contributed to the establishment of the Oncology Centre from Oradea and donated a performing medical fluid installation to the intensive care unit of the Hospital in Aleşd.
- Since 2004, the company spent more than 1.3 million Euro for its post-graduate school of cement technicians, organised in cooperation with the local high school „Alexandru Roman” in Aleşd.
The new Sustainable Development Department
Internal alignment of all our functions and activities to the concept of sustainability is a key process in the company’s objective to embed sustainable principles in its operations. In this context, the company established the Sustainable Development Department - a functional entity having the mission to coordinate all SD related internal and external activities. This new department comprises the staff functions of Environmental Protection, Occupational Health and Safety, Climate Change, Integrated Management System and Corporate Social Responsibility
As of January 1, 2011, Alina Cristea has been nominated as Sustainable Development Manager and will coordinate the SD operations of the company as listed above. Alina has been within Holcim Romania team since 2000. In the past 11 years she gained a sound experience in marketing, technical consultancy and quality management.
„Sustainability is a way to look at and shape human civilization and activity, so that the society and its members can satisfy their needs and capitalize on the present potential, while also preserving the resources, biodiversity and ecosystems for the future generations, planning and acting to maintain these elements without any limitation in time”, said Alina Cristea, SD Manager.
Holcim (Romania) S.A. has 2 cement plants in Campulung and Alesd, and one grinding station in Turda, 19 environmentally friendly concrete plants, 5 aggregate plants and one cement terminal in Bucharest. Holcim (Romania) S.A. has approximately 1.100 employees. For more information, please visit company’s website, www.holcim.ro.
Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in around 70 countries on all continents.