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Holcim joins First Movers Coalition at COP26

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Holcim joins the First Movers Coalition (FMC) as a founding member to drive more green demand and low carbon technologies to advance our world’s climate goals. On the green procurement side, Holcim commits to FMC’s trucking ambition, to reach 30% of zero-emission heavy-duty truck purchases or contracts by 2030. On the supply side, Holcim will continue to scale up its green building solutions and next-generation technologies for net-zero construction. These commitments build on Holcim’s industry-first 2050 net-zero goals, validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. The FMC was launched at COP26 by Secretary John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Jan Jenisch, CEO Holcim: “The net-zero transition requires unprecedented collaboration across value chains. The First Movers Coalition can achieve this. Together we can grow the demand for net-zero solutions to drive more investment in next-generation green technologies. As a founding member, Holcim is committed to taking action on both the demand and supply side. We will buy more net-zero vehicles and continue to grow our range of green building solutions to scale up net-zero construction.”

John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate said: “The First Movers Coalition is a platform for the world’s leading global companies to make purchasing commitments to create early markets for critical technologies needed to achieve net-zero by 2050. In this critical decade, we not only need to deploy as rapidly as possible existing clean energy technologies, such as wind turbines, solar panels, and battery storage, but also drive innovation for our long-term decarbonisation goals.”

Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, said: “Technology has given us the tools to reduce our emissions and build a stronger and more inclusive economy of the future. For innovators and investors to play their part in tackling the climate crisis, they need clear market demand. The First Movers Coalition will leverage the collective purchasing power of leading companies and drive the need for these technologies. I call on business leaders to work with us and be the role models keeping our climate goals alive.”

Holcim is committed to driving the transition to net-zero building, with its 2050 net zero targets cutting across its entire value chain. Making progress on this journey, Holcim launched the world’s first global ranges of green concrete ECOPact and green cement ECOPlanet, enabling low-carbon construction around the world. Holcim is also working to reduce emissions across its entire value chain, as established by its goal to reduce Scope 3 emissions by 24% by 2030 and to reach net-zero by 2050. With over 100 000 trucks delivering its materials around the world every day, Holcim is committed to making a difference with its green procurement. A recent example is its collaboration with Volvo in Switzerland to jointly deploy the world's first commercially available CE[1]-certified electric and autonomous vehicles in its operations. By joining FMC, Holcim aims to bring these commitments to the next level.

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