Being conscious of its environmental impact, Lafarge has long sought ways to reconcile industrial needs with the preservation of ecosystems. Adding value to waste by using it as alternative fuel or raw material enables Lafarge to:
limit greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of nonrenewable raw materials and fossil fuels (oil, coal, etc.),
diversify energy resources and reduce energy costs by limiting dependence on traditional fuels,
serve the community by recycling waste that would otherwise need to be processed and eliminated.
In 2007, Lafarge recycled over 7.7 million tons of biomass, waste and
by-products from industry and agriculture. This reduced the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere by more than 10 million tons. The benefit to the planet was equivalent to planting nearly 660 million trees.
In this way, Lafarge's practice of industrial ecology benefits the community and the environment while increasing efficiency and cost-effectiveness at a business level.