According to Holcim, sustainable construction means the conscious handling and use of existing resources, the minimisation of energy consumption, and the preservation of the environment. It means not only the use of novel and reusable building materials, such as recyclable concrete, but also the lowering of energy requirements or the avoidance of high transport costs by deliberately choosing regional components and materials.
Since April 2019, all Holcim cement production plants in Germany have received CSC certification in the highest category of ‘silver’ for all suppliers. As a result, Holcim can now offer its cement customers in Germany and abroad cement from certified German plants. The certification took place in the four categories of economy, ecology, the social aspect of sustainability, and management.
The CSC certificates promote transparency about the manufacturing process of cement, its supply chain, and its impact both socially and on the environment. The certificate certifies Holcim an ecologically, socially, and economically responsible managed cement production, which also takes into account the value chain.
The value of the CSC certificate for customers, construction companies, builders, planes, and investors results in particular from the recognition of local and international sustainability certificates for buildings, as well as significantly increased transparency in public sector projects. The CSC certification system is recognised by the German Sustainable Building council and BREEAM. The German Transport Concrete Association is the system operator of the CSC in Germany.
Since 2018, Holcim has successfully passed CSC certifications in the areas of aggregates and ready-mixed concrete, in addition to the cement producing plants, and also achieved excellent results. In the near future, Holcim Kieswerke Stenden, Willich and Vorst (North Rhine-Westphalia) and Rheinzabern (Baden-Württemberg) will follow. Ready-mixed concrete is scheduled to be certified by Holcim Brüggen (North Rhine-Westphalia), Frankfurt and Hanau (Hesse). As of April 2019, Holcim Germany is the only producer of building materials in the world that already fully, or at least partially, covers all three concrete, cement, and aggregate segments with CSC certificates.
“Sustainability and resource conservation are high priorities for Holcim Germany,” said Thorsten Hahn, CEO of Holcim (Deutschland) GmbH. “CSC certificates are another well-founded contribution to sustainable construction. In the field of concrete, cement, and aggregates, they provide information on the extent to which ecological, social, and economic responsibility is being used. In the German cement plants of Holcim, extensive auditing processes are behind us. We are happy about the good result. The good results confirm that we are on the right track in the cement production and are already acting responsibly across the board. We will not stop working on further improvements in the manufacturing process and product development. This is a permanent optimisation.”
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