Holcim Lebanon is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, founded in 2015 as a result of the merger of Lafarge and Holcim. With a global spread in 90 countries, the Group provides innovative cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, and asphalt products as well as associated services and solutions. Holcim Lebanon is established as one of the leading cement companies in Lebanon since 1929.
As part of their responsibility to implement their commitment to sustainable development by taking a holistic approach and managing their impact on society, Holcim Lebanon announced the release of their fourth Sustainable Development Report outlining their environmental, social and economic performance and addressing priority issues in sustainability. The report provides a framework for Holcim Lebanon’s sustainability approach for the period between 2012 and 2014 and presents performance indicators against key objectives and legal requirements.
In the reporting period, Holcim Lebanon:
• Reduced emissions of dust at stack by 75% compared to 2004 levels.
• Reduced emissions of fugitive dust by 65% compared to 2005 levels.
• Achieved 21% reduction in net CO2 emissions per ton of cement compared to the reference year 1990.
• Invested $400,000 in 16,640 training hours for own employees.
• Produced over 6 Million tons of cement.
• Paid almost 30 Billion LBP in taxes and fees.
• Invested almost $600,000 in community engagement.
To define the report content, Holcim Lebanon followed the materiality review. As such, they report on their management approach to the sustainability topics where they can make a meaningful difference in communities which they live and operate in.
The report presents Holcim Lebanon’s environmental performance under three sections: mitigating environmental impacts, business-related biodiversity initiatives and opportunities presented by co-processing.
Reducing Atmospheric Emissions
Holcim adopt a systematic approach to monitoring the effects of their operations at all stages of production. They assess and measure their impacts, set objectives to reduce them and commit to continuous improvement. They strive to go beyond the legal requirements to achieve strict internal targets in accordance with the Group. Despite the improvements, there is still a long way to go to achieve further improvements.
Emissions of dust at stack and fugitive dust remained consistently below the internal target of 20 mg/m3 and 50 µg/m3, respectively. By the end of 2014, a 21% reduction from the 1990 levels in net CO2 emissions per ton of cement is recorded. As such, they are on track to achieve the objective set by the Group to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of cementitious material by 25% by 2015 compared with the reference year of 1990.
Partnering with the IUCN
Holcim believe that the impact of their business on the ecosystem can also be a significant opportunity to positively contribute to biodiversity. As such, they have been working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office of West Asia on three pioneering initiatives to draw on the knowledge of leading experts in biodiversity management and quarry rehabilitation.
In 2014, a quarry restoration pilot project was completed in Chekka. This pilot project which aims to re-integrate the site into its surrounding landscape and restore biodiversity, is a model for the rehabilitation of abandoned quarries in Lebanon; one that can be replicated in the region and used for educational and research purposes. A monitoring plan is currently in place to follow up on the progress of the site.
Another project is an orchid sanctuary that is identified on one of the sites inhabiting an exceptional concentration of orchid species. Holcim Lebanon is committed to dedicating the site to be a protected area for orchids to ensure their survival and progress.
Co-processing Alternative Fuels
For many years, Holcim Lebanon has been promoting the co-processing of alternative fuels as a sustainable solution in societies where improper waste management infrastructure and uncontrolled dumping are common practice. “In line with our aspiration to provide solutions to the challenges of our time, we strongly believe in the role of co-processing in helping address the increasing need for safe and environmentally sensitive municipal solid waste management,” said Jamil Bouharoun, Ad Interim Chief Executive Officer, in his opening statement. However, the challenge remains in the absence of a legal framework and lack of support from public authorities.
Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)
Safety remains the most important priority as Holcim continue to pursue their target of “Zero harm to people”. The focus is on reinforcing the safety culture among their employees and partners and strengthening the safety performance. Their initiatives covered establishing safety requirements for contractors, incentive programs for employees, and safety events targeting families and local communities. A Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 0.7 was recorded in 2012, dropping to zero in 2013 and 2014. Nevertheless, improvements are still needed to prevent the recurrence of injuries or fatalities.
Acting Responsibly Towards Communities & Partners
The report presents Holcim’s commitment to respecting diversity, equal opportunities, employee training and development, and other engagement initiatives. A culture of compliance particularly on anti-bribery, anti-corruption and integrity is strongly emphasized with a zero tolerance approach.
Community engagement, an important corporate social responsibility pillar, is realized through social investments that aim to improve the quality of life of stakeholders and through transparent dialogue with the local communities. Holcim’s community investments consistently focused on education, infrastructure and development initiatives in collaboration with local partners.
Holcim Lebanon continues to use the GRI – G4 framework to guide their sustainability reporting. The report can be viewed online and downloaded at www.holcim.com.lb