Aggregate Industries launches ambitious 2030 sustainability strategy

Presenting the company’s vision to become the UK leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, and its ambition to embed sustainability into the future of building, Aggregate industries launched its sustainability strategy, Building Progress for a Sustainable Future.

Following the significant progress of the supplier of building materials, Building progress for a sustainable future brings together the old management plans and policies in a more global and ambitious strategy, intended to transform the company until 2030.

At the heart of its business strategy and corporate vision, the master plan focuses on five key pillars aligned with its operations: climate; people and communities; nature and environment; circular economy; and durable solutions.

For each pillar, Aggregate Industries has identified key areas of focus, along with specific performance targets to be achieved by 2025, and committed to reviewing these targets annually. These include:

Climate

  • Reduce net CO2 emissions to 500 kg net CO2/t of cement;
  • Reduce CO2 from downstream transport by 5%;
  • 100% zero-carbon electricity; and
  • 100% climate resilience risk assessments.

People

  • Maturity of health and safety culture to be proactive or generative;
  • Improve by 25% the frequency rate of accidents with work stoppage;
  • Create 200 new learning opportunities;
  • Achieve 33% female leadership and 30% female representation across the company; and
  • All high-risk suppliers assessed through a code of conduct.

Communities

  • Have a positive impact on 50,000 people in local communities;
  • A culture of community service and 3,000 volunteer hours per year;
  • Fundraising target of £50,000 per year; and
  • All major sites must have a community engagement plan.

Nature and environment

  • Reduce the intensity of freshwater withdrawals by 30% for cement and 12.5% ​​for aggregates;
  • 100% of discharged water will meet environmental quality standards;
  • 100% of quarries will have biodiversity plans;
  • 200 sites will make way for nature; and
  • Establish a biodiversity baseline, in accordance with the Biodiversity Indicator Reporting System (BIRS), for all land managed for cement and aggregates sites by 2024.

Circular economy

  • Increase the use of recycled materials from 1.5 to 3 million tonnes;
  • Reduce landfill waste to zero; and
  • Join a collaborative action network on circularity.

Sustainable solutions

  • Provide a reporting tool to provide accurate carbon information;
  • 25% of revenue will come from green products and solutions; and
  • Expand the portfolio of sustainable products and solutions.

Kirstin McCarthy, Chief Sustainability Officer of Aggregate Industries, who led the company’s sustainability review, said, “We need to transform our business and we have already made progress. In the past 12 months we have delivered the UK’s first carbon neutral road scheme, invested over £13m in an alternative fuels recycling plant to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes, recycled nearly 1 million tons of asphalt planing and sold enough ECOPact low-carbon concrete to save more than 142,000 tons of CO2.

“We put our efforts in areas where we can make a material difference for our people and the planet”

Kirstin McCarthy, Aggregate Industries

“However, it is important to recognize that while we have our own way to go, the issues facing our planet are truly global. That’s why we’ve structured our strategy around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as key UK policies and industry standards. We put our efforts in areas where we can make a material difference for our people and the planet.

“Our priorities are to reduce our impact on the climate, protect and enhance nature and the environment, foster the transition to a circular economy, and protect and support our people and communities. We have created solid goals and measurable KPIs for each of these pillars. We also recognize that this strategy will evolve, which is why we are committed to reviewing and reporting on our progress annually. »

Forward-looking company

Dragan Maksimovic, CEO of Aggregate Industries, said, “Aggregate Industries is a progressive, forward-looking company; an inherently sustainable company that is trusted and respected by the stakeholders and communities in which we operate. Our new sustainability strategy is key to transforming our business. This will accelerate our transition to net zero, providing clear milestones and measurable results along the way.

“The development of society depends on the construction sector. As a proud member of the Holcim Group, the global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, we recognize our responsibility to play a central role in the transition to net zero, while driving progress through sustainable products and services. We understand that it’s what we do today that builds a sustainable future for our communities, our industry and the world. It is my personal commitment to push this forward through everything we do and how we do it.

Aggregate Industries Director of Sustainability Kirstin McCarthy will speak this year Construction News Decarbonizing construction conference on June 14 and 15.

For more information, visit www.aggregate.com.