We have developed our strategy on four pillars representing the benchmark principles that inspire our work and our action plan in the definition of our Roadmap to 2030 which includes 25 sustainability objectives.
The four pillars inspired the definition of our roadmap to 2030 which includes 25 sustainability objectives. The 25 objectives cover all priority areas to minimize our impact on the environment, create a healthy, safe and inclusive work environment, respect human rights and create a constructive and transparent relationship with local communities and business partners.
We have aligned the 25 sustainability goals to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
UN SDGs 2030 Target Detailed description 2020 Results 77% of alternative fuels for grey cement production by 2030 The Group has set differentiated targets for each grey cement production plant. The overall Group target, which also has intermediate deadlines in 2022 and 2025, has a final target date in 2030. In 2020, 28% of alternative fuels were used to produce grey cement. 6% of alternative fuels for white cement production by 2030 The great attention to the purity of white cement colour determines a greater demand for chromatic consistency compared to grey cement. Alternative fuels affect the colour, so their use is drastically limited in white cement production. This explains the reason of the 6% final target defined in the white cement production, which also contains intermediate targets in 2022 and 2025. In 2020, 3% of alternative fuels were used to produce white cement. Waste recycling Since 2009, Cementir has been operating in the urban and industrial waste management and processing sector. In 2020, the Group's plants recycled,through mechanical selection and treatment processes almost 7,500 tons of materials. Production of alternative fuels from waste The Group’s plants produce alternative fuels and thermal energy, minimizing landfill waste and contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2020, the Group’s treatment plants produced a total of 80,000 tons of fuel from waste.
UN SDGs 2030 Target Detailed description 2020 Results CO2 reduction target for grey and white cement Cementir’s goal is to reduce its scope 1 carbon intensity to less than 500 kg CO₂ per tons of grey cement produced by 2030.
For white cement, that is a specialty product with niche applications and markets (0,5% of total worldwide cement production), the goal is to reduce its scope 1 carbon intensity to 800 Kg CO₂ per ton of white cement produced.
In 2020, CO2 emission for grey cement was 718 kg/TCE, while for white cement was 915 kg/TCE. 107 million green investments in the 2021-2023 period In the 2021-2023 Industrial Plan, we have planned green investments for 107 million euros. In February 2021, the BoD approved the 2021-2023 Industrial Plan. Lowering clinker content of grey cement to 68% Development of a new low-carbon cement, FUTURECEM™, a patented technology which allows for 40% of the energy intensive clinker in cement to be replaced by limestone and calcined clay.
In the 2021-2023 period, the Group has planned the sales of about 1 million ton of FUTURECEM™. Starting from 2023, its annual production is expected to grow year by year. According to current estimates, by 2025 25% of grey product commercialized by Cementir is going to be replaced by FUTURECEM™ and by 2030 60% of the cement is going to be produced by Cementir through FUTURECEM™ technology.
In 2020, the clinker ratio for grey cement was 82%.
In January 2021, Cementir started the distribution of FUTURECEM™.
Lowering clinker content of white cement to 80% The need of white cement colour consistency is much more stringent than for grey as no nuances of white or coloured surfaces can be accepted. Alternative minerals affect its colour and for this reason their utilization is drastically limited for white cement. In 2020, the clinker / cement ratio for white cement was 82%. District heating in Denmark In the Danish city of Aalborg, our production plant recovers energy to provide district heating to over 36,000 dwellings, which will become 50,000 in the near future, covering about the half of its urban population. In 2020, the Aalborg Plant provided 1,8 million Gigajoules of thermal energy to the local community.
In the industrial Plan 2021-2023, we included the project to expand the heat recovery system.
All operating companies have to operate with a certified environmental management system (i.e. ISO 14001) Cementir has committed that all operating companies in the cement and concrete production must operate with a certified environmental management system (i.e. ISO 14001) by 2025. As of 2020, 8 cement plants (accounting for the 93% of the total cement production), 3 RMC companies (accounting for the 25% of the total RMC production) and 3 waste management companies (accounting for the 100% of the waste managed by the group) have adopted a ISO 14001 certified management system. All cement plants must operate with a certified energy management system (i.e. ISO 50001) Cementir has committed to all cement plants operating with a certified energy management system (i.e. ISO 50001) by 2025. In 2020, 7 cement plants, accounting for the 76% of the total cement production, adopted the ISO 50001 certification for energy management systems. Reuse water in production Cementir Group aims to reuse water in production by recycling process water and capturing rainwater from selected areas. In 2020, 40% of water used in the cement production plants was reused. Supporting Denmark in delivering a 70% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 Through Aalborg Portland, the Group is involved in the most ambitious CO2 reduction project sponsored by a government. The Managing Director of Aalborg Portland is leading the technical group that will provide to the Danish government the technical forecast of all potential CO2 reductions achievable by energy intensive industries in Denmark and will define the prerequisites (policy, research, innovation, subsidies, etc.) for such reductions. In 2020, Aalborg Portland committed to a CO2 reduction target of 30% by 2030 (an annual saving of 660,000 tons of CO2 in 2030 compared to current emissions).
As part of this strategy, Aalborg Portland has entered into an agreement with the state gas distribution company, Evida, to connect the plant to the gas distribution grid on 1 April 2022. Natural gas has a 40 per cent lower carbon footprint and will ensure an estimated carbon reduction of 240,000 tons by 2030.
UN SDGs 2030 Target Detailed description 2020 Results Sustainable talent management Key positions are filled internally with top-class candidates worldwide. In 2020, 30% of new/vacant key positions filled via internal recruitment. Promoting diversity in the workforce Cementir Group is committed to promoting diversity in the workforce. We focus on career development of our female employees within the Group; in 2020, 17% of participants involved in the Group Talent Programme are female. People engagement Increase people engagement across the Group by listening, engaging and implementing improvement plans. In 2019, Group staff survey ‘Your Voice’ conducted to assess staff engagement across the group. Participation rate of 83% at Group level.
Following the survey, global, regional and BU level actions plans have been defined and approved by the Global Senior Management Team, to be executed in 2020-2021.
Human rights awareness Promoting sensibility, awareness & education about Human rights across the Group. In 2020 we designed and launched an online training course mainly focused on the principles described in the Human Rights Policy and further detailed in local Procedures. The first wave of training provided in English involved the 36% of the employees. As soon as the transposition into local languages is available, the participation will be extended to the rest of the population. Zero accidents Group-wide training initiative on occupational health and safety. Analysis of the causes of accidents and near misses and implementation of appropriate preventive measures. Zero fatalities and high-consequence injuries to employees in 2020. All cement plants must operate with a certified health and safety management system (i.e. ISO 45001). The Group plans to certify all cement plants by 2022. During 2020, all certified cement plants completed the migration process to the ISO 45001 standard, finding full compliance with the standard’s requirements. By the end of 2020, 73% of all cement plants were ISO 45001 certified. Quality Education for the employees In 2018, the Group launched the Cementir Academy, a training hub that aims to develop and enhance the technical, behavioural and managerial skills of all our employees. More than 35,000 hours of training were supplied in 2020, almost 11.7 hours per capita. Link between employee’s remuneration and sustainability targets The sustainability targets defined by the Group are included in the monetary incentive plan adopted by Cementir. The monetary incentive plan is based on a short-term incentive (STI) system. The STI is based on the Group’s and/or subsidiaries’ financial and sustainability (non-financial) targets and includes objectives based on indicators linked to company performance and to managerial roles held within the Company. The achievement of these objectives determines the receipt of annual monetary incentives for the executives and managers involved. At least 30% of the Board of Directors being composed of women Implementation of a specific Group Diversity Policy. 33% of Board Members at parent company level are women.
UN SDGs 2030 Target Detailed description 2020 Results Transparent communication with stakeholders In 2020 Cementir submitted the CDP Climate Change Questionnaire and assurance by the external auditor. In 2020, Cementir was awarded a ‘B’ rating from Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Limited assurance engagement on Sustainability Report by external Auditors.
Quality Education for the local community In Turkey, the Group supports the Çimentaş Education and Health Foundation. Since its establishment, the Foundation has sponsored over 500 scholarships for upper school and university students. Thanks to the Foundation’s financial support, the Işıkkent High School was founded. The Işıkkent High School provides education at all levels from nursery school to high school. Implementation of monitoring systems to eliminate human rights related risks across the Group A human rights self-assessment checklist, based on Cementir Code of Ethics, UN Declaration on Human Rights, ILO Conventions and UK Slavery Act has been established and has been included as part of Internal Audit process. In the next 3 years the checklist will be applied to all major Cementir companies. In 2020, the human rights self-assessment checklist was performed by the Group legal entities and reviewed by the internal audit department, with a coverage of 79% of the Cementir workforce worldwide, involving the following countries: France, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Turkey, United States, China, Malaysia, Italy and Poland.