For over a decade Lafarge Canada Inc. (Lafarge) has been a part of a Western Canada wide anti-idling campaign. This campaign occurred across all of Lafarge’s operations and included not only Lafarge employees but contractors working on behalf of Lafarge. The purpose of the campaign was to recognize that air quality is everyone’s responsibility and that Lafarge has a role to protect it. The campaign promotes business operations while reducing Lafarge’s environmental footprint, saving money, and protecting human health. Although successful, a number of years have gone by since the campaign’s launch.
To reinvigorate and reinforce Lafarge’s commitment to air quality, this year a formal Western Canada Idle-Reduction Policy was released, along with increased equipment tracking, training, and educational material. This aligns with Lafarge’s sustainability targets and Net Zero pledge. The Net Zero pledge sets near and long-term carbon dioxide targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for all scopes, setting the reference for the construction materials industry. Lafarge is one of the first companies worldwide to have 2030 and 2050 goals validated by the SBTi. To learn more about the Net Zero pledge please visit the following link: https://www.holcim.com/our-climate-pledge.
By implementing an idle-reduction policy across Western Canada, Lafarge has created a ripple effect of seemingly small actions to create a wave of collaborative change to reduce carbon emissions. Given the scale of air quality and climate challenges, more organizations need to scale up climate actions, as we all share the air.
CRAZ note: Lafarge Canada Inc is a member of CRAZ