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Hanson’s parent company joins the climate change A-list

HeidelbergCement has been recognised for the action it is taking to reduce its impact on the environment with a place on CDP’s 2019 A-list for climate change.

It was one of 179 companies worldwide – from more than 8,400 that disclosed their data to the annual questionnaire – to achieve the rating, leading the way in the cement sector.

“Cutting our CO2 emissions and conserving natural resources are priorities for all business lines in the group,” said Stewart Jones, National Sustainability Manager at Hanson UK.

“HeidelbergCement has committed to reduce net CO2 emissions per tonne of cement by 30% by 2030 (based on 1990 figures) and will realise its vision of carbon neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest.

“Here in the UK at Hanson, we have already achieved the 30% reduction in CO2 emissions since 1990 across the business and have set an ambitious new target of a 50% reduction by 2030.”

CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a global non-profit organisation and its sustainability rating is considered one of the most important for investors and the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency.

It uses a detailed and independent methodology to assess companies and allocate a score of A to D-based on the depth of disclosure, awareness and management of environmental risks and demonstration of environmental leadership best practice.

Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, added: “The A-list companies are leading the market in corporate sustainability, tackling environmental risks and setting themselves up to thrive in tomorrow’s economy.”

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