So, what is a cement manufacturer doing in the pages of an automotive lifestyle website, you may wonder. Well, we at Streettalkph.com feel that anything that has a connection with automobiles has a place with us. Holcim is no different. Not only are they part of the infrastructure world, but they also have a longtime significant environmental program for the benefit of the filipino citizen; driver or not.
Under the Sustainability Plan 2030, Holcim Philippines, Inc, continues its commitment to improve its environmental footprint by further reducing carbon emissions and water consumption in cement production, as well as using more qualified wastes as alternative fuel and raw materials.
Holcim Philippines has identified various sustainability programs to steadily improve its positive impact to development by 2030 beyond providing building materials. Among the company’s commitments are reductions in carbon emissions and fresh water use by 40% and 30% versus 1990 and 2015 levels, respectively, and increased use of qualified wastes as alternative fuel and raw materials to replace 30% of traditional fuels.
Launched in 2015, the Sustainability Plan 2030 is the commitment of the LafargeHolcim Group to contribute to the worldwide efforts to address global challenges identified in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull said the company’s sustainability focus enables it to be a bigger contributor to the nation’s progress while also improving the company’s performance.
“These initiatives help improve the efficiency of our operations thus generating savings for our business. More importantly, our sustainability programs allow our company to further support our commitment be a partner in helping the country build a better future,” said Stull.
To reach its emission reduction commitments, Holcim Philippines has been upgrading its equipment and processes and developing new offerings that require less energy to produce but deliver the same or superior performance. To reduce water consumption, the company has installed recycling facilities to reuse water from cement production and will install more efficient equipment.
The company is also increasing its use of qualified wastes as alternative fuel to reduce use of coal in cement production. Last year, Holcim Philippines used 160,000 tons of such materials to replace traditional fuels.
This service is critical, especially with waste generation seen to rise along with Philippines’s economic growth. An October 2017 Senate report showed that solid waste management remains a challenge in the country as only 85% of these are collected with the rest ending up polluting bodies of water.
Holcim PH targets 400,000 beneficiaries of CSR programs by 2020
Building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. aims to help close to 400,000 people in its communities by 2020 through programs for shelter, infrastructure, education, livelihood, health and safety as part of its social responsibility and sustainability commitments to have a more positive impact on development.
Holcim Philippines unveiled these plans on July 26 during the launch of “Holcim Helps,” a campaign which standardizes the communication programs of its various sites for their communities particularly on social and environmental initiatives. The campaign also follows the LafargeHolcim Group’s sustainable development strategy which includes a set of actionable goals to contribute to the global efforts in tackling the pressing issues stated in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull said that “Holcim Helps” aims to make its communities and the public better understand and appreciate that Holcim Philippines’ programs are about working with our partners for a future for keeps.
“Holcim Helps” also underscores our goal of making our programs a collaboration with our communities instead of charitable donations as the primary form of assistance. Instead, our goal is to partner with them to better understand their needs and equip them with the means to improve their lives through capability-building initiatives for a more sustainable and lasting positive impact,” he said.
Since 2015, Holcim Philippines corporate citizenship programs have benefited close to 300,000 people in its communities and beyond. Education programs have received the largest share of funds for social programs at 32%, followed by livelihood and employment, as well as shelter and infrastructure that have each cornered a quarter of the budget, respectively.
Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.
With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.
Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).
Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees.