Since 2000, the partnership between Lafarge and WWF has been based on mutual trust and transparency. Those principles have contributed to achieving long-term results.
The partnership covers 5 key areas:
* Climate change: in 2001, the Group set a target of 20% reduction of its net CO2 emissions over the period 1990-2010. By 2010, Lafarge took a significant step in the fight against climate change by achieving a reduction of 21.7% of its net CO2 emissions. In June 2011, Lafarge committed to further reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent per ton of cement below 1990 levels by 2020.
* Persistent pollutants: through the work on persistent pollutants, Lafarge has completed at least one test for mercury and dioxins at all of its regularly operating kilns that have been part of the Lafarge Group for at least 3 years.
* Water consumption: Lafarge set up 4 pilot sites in the United Kingdom, Romania, Egypt and Spain to assess the Group's water footprint. These pilot sites have enabled the Group to implement a guide in order to manage and better conserve water resources.
* Biodiversity: screening has been completed for 94% of the 716 active quarries across the Group. 47% of quarries that are in protected areas and/or sites containing IUCN red list species have Biodiversity Management Plans.
* Sustainable construction: new products and systems continue to be developed by Lafarge to promote simple but effective ways to reduce the carbon footprint of products and enhance the energy efficiency of buildings.