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 26 sustainability objectives.
We ensure that waste and secondary products become resources by integrating them into cement production and by entering into partnerships with other industrial players and public authorities. We are at the forefront in the use of raw materials and alternative fuels from urban and industrial waste and by-products.
We adopt all the necessary measures and the most innovative technological solutions to minimize the impact of our business on the environment.
We attract and value talent and ensure a safe and motivating work environment for our people who are our most important resource. We continue the process of consolidating structures in 18 countries and 5 continents to increase the integration of human resources and strengthen the platform. All this to create a distinctive One Group Culture and be "Concretely safe".
We generate value for local communities listening to their needs and concerns and basing our relationships with them on transparency and accountability. Ours is a business of proximity: dialogue with institutions, communities and associations affected by plant operations is essential for the continuity and preservation of the business.
The four pillars inspired the definition of our roadmap to 2030 which includes 26 sustainability objectives. The 26 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 26 sustainability goals to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
UN SDGs 2030 Target Detailed description 2021 Results 55% alternative fuel use 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 2021, alternative fuels amounted to 30% of the fuel used to produce grey cement. 8% alternative fuel use for white cement production by 2030 The demand for consistency in the colour of white cement is much higher than for grey as significant attention is paid to the purity of the colour. Alternative fuels affect the colour and for this reason their use is drastically limited in the production of white cement. This is the reason for the 8% The final target defined for white cement production, which also includes intermediate targets for 2022 and 2025. In 2021, alternative fuels amounted to 3% of the fuel used to produce white cement. Waste recycling Since 2009, Cementir has been operating in the urban and industrial waste management and processing sector. In 2021, the Group's plants recycled,through mechanical selection and treatment processes almost 5,300 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 2021, the Group’s treatment plants produced a total of 72,408 tons of fuel from waste.
UN SDGs 2030 Target Detailed description 2021 Results CO2 reduction target for grey and white cement The Group has defined a 10-year roadmap to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 25% per ton of cement. The targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
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, the goal is to reduce its Scope 1 carbon intensity to 800 Kg CO₂ per ton of white cement produced.
In 2021, CO2 emissions for grey cement was 683 kg/TCE, while for white cement it was 919 kg/TCE. Net zero emissions Cementir’s ambition is to reduce CO₂ emission intensity to achieve carbon neutrality along the value chain by 2050. In 2020 and 2021, we collected data on CO2 emissions from a selection of strategic suppliers and we calculated Scope 3 emission. 97 million green investments in the 2022-2024 period In the 2022-2024 Industrial Plan, we have planned green investments for 97 million euros. In February 2022, the Board of Directors approved the 2022-2024 Industrial Plan. Lowering clinker content of grey cement to 63% FUTURECEM™ is a patented, low-carbon cement which allows more than 35% of the energy intensive clinker in cement to be replaced by limestone and calcined clay.
By 2030, FUTURECEM™ volumes sold are expected to reach around 51% of total volumes sold in Europe and 60% of grey cement volumes.
In 2021, the clinker ratio for grey cement was 81%.
In January 2021, Cementir started the distribution of FUTURECEM™. The sales forecast was fully met in 2021 and the product is almost sold out in 2022.
Lowering clinker content of white cement to 79% The demands for colour consistency in white cement is much higher than for grey as no differences in the shade of white or coloured surfaces can be accepted. Alternative minerals affect its colour and for this reason their use is drastically limited for white cement. In 2021, the clinker to cement ratio for white cement was 83%. 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 rise to 50,000 in the near future, covering about the half of its urban population. In 2021, the Aalborg Plant provided 1,7 million gigajoules of thermal energy to the local community.
In the industrial Plan 2022-2024, we included the project to expand the heat recovery system.
All operating companies must operate with a certified environmental management system (i.e. ISO 14001) Cementir has committed that all companies active in cement and concrete production must operate with a certified environmental management system (i.e. ISO 14001) by 2025. As of 2021, 8 cement plants (accounting for the 93% of the total cement production), 3 RMC companies (accounting for the 29% 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 2021, 7 cement plants, accounting for the 77% of the total cement production, adopted the ISO 50001 certification for energy management systems. Group water related targets The Group has defined a 10-year roadmap that will allow for the reduction of the water consumption per cement produced by 20% compared to 2019. For the plants located in high water-stress areas, for which the specific water consumption is already lower than the Group average, the reduction target is 25%. In 2021, water consumption was 413 litres per ton of cement. For the plants located in high water-stress areas, the water consumption was 276 litres per ton of cement. Biodiversity preservation Cementir is committed to minimising negative impacts and where possible enhancing biodiversity by following the international best practices in place. In 2021, 95% of quarry rehabilitation plans are in place.
In 2022, we will issue biodiversity and rehabilitation guidelines to set group wide standards and targets aligned with international best practices to review all existing biodiversity plans in place, identify improvements in rehabilitation plans and identify high biodiversity value quarries.
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 in 2023.
UN SDGs 2030 Target Detailed description 2021 Results Sustainable talent management Key positions are filled internally with top-class candidates worldwide. In 2021, a Group talent review was conducted with the aim of obtaining an overview of the quality of the Group Management Team in terms of performance trends and potential/readiness to step up into higher or more complex roles. The process also allowed us to identify a pool of emerging talents with good performance and potential to succeed in leadership/coordination roles and to be earmarked as mid- and long-term successors. Promoting diversity in the workforce Cementir is committed to promoting diversity in the workforce.
In 2022, the Group Internal Audit will perform adiversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) audit.
In 2021, the Group Internal Audit defined a work program for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) audit. Starting from 2022, it will be included as part of the Internal Audit process. The audit will monitor the application of Cementir’s core equity and fairness principles to: hiring processes, compensation levels, annual salary reviews and promotions, work-life balance arrangements and events to foster interest in technical careers among women. People engagement Increase 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. In the 2020/2021 period, on average 50% of the defined actions were implemented.
Zero accidents Analysis of the causes of accidents and near misses and implementation of appropriate preventive measures. In 2021, no recordable fatal or high-consequence injuries occurred to directly employed individuals. 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. At the end of 2021, certified cement plants accounted for 73% of the total (more than 80% of the total cement production). 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 37,000 hours of training were supplied in 2021, almost 12.2 hours per member of staff. 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. Managers from all organisational levels participate in this incentive system. Promotion of gender equality with an objective of 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 2021 Results Transparent communication with stakeholders In 2021 Cementir submitted the CDP Climate Change Questionnaire and Water Security Questionnaire and assurance by the external auditor. In 2021, Cementir was awarded a ‘A-’ for the management of climate change issues and ‘B’ for water management.
A limited assurance engagement on the Sustainability Report was provided by external Auditors.
Quality Education for the local community In Turkey, the Group supports the Çimentaş Education and Health Foundation. Since it was founded, the Foundation has sponsored over 500 scholarships for secondary 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 secondary 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. Starting from 2020, the Internal Audit Department has verified the effective compliance of each company in the following areas: child labour, forced labour, non-discrimination, conditions of employment, security, and supply chain management. In 2021, the activity was carried out in the main companies, with a coverage of 95% of the Cementir workforce worldwide, involving the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Turkey, United States, China, Malaysia, Egypt, Italy, UK and Poland.