Nigeria: Lafarge Africa, part of Switzerland-based Holcim, has presented its 2020 Sustainability Report. The company’s sustainability strategy consists of four pillars: climate and energy, circular economy, environment and community. In 2020, it co-processed 71,029t of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and its water intensity was 201/t of cement. It also says it played a leading role in waste management in Nigeria through its partnership with the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), creating 3000 new jobs in recycling. In line with its quarry rehabilitation plan, it restored 933ha of land during the year. 9.6% of its energy consumption derived from renewable sources.
Lafarge Africa doubled the number of beneficiaries of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities within its host communities year-on-year to 250,000 in 2020. Its investments in community development initiatives to counteract the Covid-19 outbreak and its impact totalled US$2.92m.
Chair Prince Adefioye said “By deploying innovation, we are championing how Nigeria builds better. It is holistic and strategically driven to ensure that we are scaling in reach and impact in the economic and environmental spheres. In the social sphere, we are also deliberately implementing initiatives that further prepare us for the future such as leveraging technology and improving our diversity indicators.”