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Europe’s Biggest Cement Maker Steps Up Push for Green Concrete

  • Swiss company targets 15% reduction in emissions by 2020 in EU
  • Goal will cover some 80 projects in 19 European countries
LafargeHolcim burns tires to generate energy that will feed its cement factories
LafargeHolcim burns tires to generate energy that will feed its cement factories

Europe’s largest cement maker is stepping up investments in reducing its carbon emissions as pressure mounts on the industry to rein in pollution causing global warming.

LafargeHolcim Ltd. is spending 160 million Swiss francs ($161 million) on 80 projects across Europe to cut annual emissions from its cement manufacturing processes by 15% by 2022, according to Marcel Cobuz, the company’s head of Europe.