Circular economy at Holcim

Driving circular construction to build better with less

As a world leader in recycling, Holcim is committed to building better with less and preserving the Earth’s ecosystems. We promote circularity along the entire value chain to eliminate waste and decouple our business growth from the consumption of finite natural resources.


of the global economy follows a circular approach


recycled content in our cement, on average

Green operations

Our low-carbon solutions, from ECOPact to ECOPlanet, are made possible by our green operations, led by:

Green energy

We power our plants with alternative fuels

Green formulation

We offer the industry’s broadest range of low-carbon materials

Green mobility

We are using the greenest and most efficient transport options

Next-generation technologies

We are accelerating our net-zero journey

Plants of Tomorrow: putting Industry 4.0 into practice

To drive our circular economy business, our Plants of Tomorrow initiative brings together a range of innovations aimed at improving performance, circularity and decarbonization. One of the largest rollouts of Industry 4.0 technologies in the building materials industry, the initiative aims to accelerate technological advancement across the entire value chain.

So far, we have delivered more than 800 deployments at 180 plants worldwide , from predictive maintenance to automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and digital twins. We will reach more than 5,000 deployments by 2025 .

Circular cities are the foundation to achieve a net-zero world. We created the Circular Cities Barometer with Bloomberg. This innovative digital dashboard shows how 25 cities are transitioning to a circular “reduce, recycle, regenerate” economy.

In 2021, we launched our Circular Explorer solar-powered catamaran with One Earth One Ocean. Its mission is to clean our oceans by recovering and recycling plastic waste. The initiative also involves education and marine research programs.

With GO CIRCULAR, Team Holcim-PRB is sailing around the world to accelerate the shift to circular living.

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