LafargeHolcim helps drive shift to energy efficient buildings with global initiative

Buildings consume one third of global energy and generate over 20% of manmade greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing energy use in buildings is not only a climate change imperative and a LafargeHolcim commitment, but a sizeable market opportunity as well.

12.20.2016
 

Building energy efficiency: our 2030 commitment

The EEB Amplify program was recently launched at the COP22 summit in Morocco. The initiative supports LafargeHolcim’s sustainability strategy, the 2030 Plan.

One of the strategy’s focus areas is climate.  By 2030, we’re committed to helping our customers avoid 10 million tons of CO2 released every year from their buildings and infrastructure. We plan to achieve this target using our innovative materials solutions, such as low-carbon concrete & cement, insulating concrete and thermal mass solutions.

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Driving market transformation towards a low energy building sector

Under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), key players in the construction sector like LafargeHolcim, United Technologies, Siemens, Skanska, Arcadis, Infosys, engie, ArcelorMittal are joining forces in the Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) program. EEB is a business-led, cross-sectoral initiative bringing together public and private sector leaders in local markets to understand key market barriers at local level and drive actions to increase investments in energy-efficient buildings.

 

Laboratories for energy efficiency & construction chain collaboration

As a founding member and co-chair of the initiative, LafargeHolcim is playing an active role in deploying the program. In the last four years, EEB has piloted “EEB labs”, or 3-day workshop platforms, in 10 cities around the world to develop and implement action plans on energy efficiency in buildings. Five EEB labs have been set up so far in Houston, Warsaw, Jakarta, Jaipur and Shanghai. Collaboration at the EEB lab in Poland led to the release of the first ever benchmarking report that encourages transparency and data sharing among office buildings. The next EEB labs are planned in Birmingham, Zurich and Paris.

 

 

What happens at an EEB lab?

A business opportunity for LafargeHolcim  

The global market for energy efficiency in buildings is set to grow from US$90bn in 2014 to US$125bn in 2020. It will need to grow to US$215bn annual investment by 2020 if the world is to achieve the climate goals agreed at COP21 in Paris. Several hundred cities are pledged to take action on climate change, with buildings being a primary area of intervention.

EEB is a perfect vehicle for LafargeHolcim to engage with local governments, analyze the local market barriers and participating in drafting a commonly agreed action plan to unlock additional investments in energy efficiency.

In the beginning of 2017, EEB will enter into a new phase, “EEB Amplify”, scaling-up to work in at least 50 local markets by 2020. WBCSD has developed various partnerships in Europe, the US and in India, with partners such as local Green Building Councils and international development programs.