Commenting on Holcim’s commitment to the New Zealand economy, Holcim New Zealand Executive General Manager, Kevin Larcombe said: “With a proud history of more than 130 years in New Zealand’s building and construction industry, Holcim is dedicated to upholding our commitment to supporting the local economy. Where applicable, we are transitioning the ready-mix concrete employees across to Holcim and actively recruiting for new roles.”
“With the expansion of our concrete services, we are committed to a smooth transition for employees and customers, and look forward to providing sustainable solutions into the future.”
In August, New Zealand Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, launched the concrete industry’s Roadmap to Net Carbon Zero 2050. Speaking after the event, Barbara Nebel, chief executive of thinkstep-anz, leading sustainability consultants responsible for developing the roadmap, said, “In fact, the industry has already started its decarbonisation journey, with an 11% reduction in CO2 emissions achieved between 2005 and 2018, even though ready mixed concrete use increased significantly during that time.”
“Based on this roadmap, New Zealand’s concrete industry can achieve a 44% decrease from 2020 levels by 2030 and, ultimately, net zero carbon by 2050.”
Today’s announcement follows Holcim’s initiatives in April this year when the company opened a new low-carbon cement facility at Ports of Auckland and launched ECOPlanet, a range of low-carbon cement, along with ENVIROCore cement replacements.