LafargeHolcim joins World Ocean Council

Building materials giant LafargeHolcim has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC), a global, cross-sectoral industry alliance committed to sustainable ocean stewardship.
Quarry Products / June 9, 2021
By Liam McLoughlin
LafargeHolcim's NEST reearch centre in Switzerland. Image: copyright LafargeHolcim Ltd. Photographer: Rüdiger Nehmzow
LafargeHolcim's NEST reearch centre in Switzerland. Image: copyright LafargeHolcim Ltd. Photographer: Rüdiger Nehmzow

LafargeHolcim says the membership builds on its long-standing commitment to reviving marine ecosystems.
Magali Anderson, the company's chief sustainability and innovation officer, commented: “I am extremely proud to formalise our commitment to sustainable ocean stewardship by joining the World Ocean Council. Working with the Council’s members, we expect to scale up our actions to preserve our oceans.”
Paul Holtus, CEO of the WOC, added: “LafargeHolcim’s focus on driving sustainability with innovation will make a great contribution to the work of the WOC.”
LafargeHolcim says it has innovated to promote sustainable oceans for several decades. It recently globally deployed its bioactive patented bilayer concrete that helps rehabilitate coastal ecosystems. This bioactive concrete has been in place for over three years in the Parc des Calanques near Marseilles (France), where it contributed to a four-fold increase in marine species. Building on this, bioactive solutions are being installed in other coastal environments in the Pacific, Caribbean and the Persian Gulf in partnership with EGIS/Seaboost. This work was recently recognised by the Solar Impulse Foundation, which awarded LafargeHolcim’s bioactive concrete its ‘Efficient Solution’ label.
LafargeHolcim is also involved in developing coastal protection solutions. The company is contributing to the renovation of the Afsluitdijk in the Netherlands, a 32-kilometer long dyke that is key to the country's sea defense infrastructure. Specially developed precast blocks will cover around 700,000 m2 of the dyke, protecting it from strong waves and rising water levels. In addition LafargeHolcim is part of over 30 international sustainable port infrastructure projects in over 25 countries including Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Madagascar, France and the UK.
The company says it is also actively engaged in preventing marine litter from reaching the oceans, notably through its waste management company, Geocycle. Geocycle India has recently installed the Bubble Barrier in the Yamuna River in the city of Agra. This non-invasive technology removes plastic waste from rivers, which are the source of most of the plastic that reaches the oceans.

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