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Sustainable construction

Our priorities

Lafarge in the UAE has outlined a number of sustainable development priorities that are in line with the Lafarge Group's Sustainability Ambitions 2012.

 

Sustainable Construction

Sustainable construction, from Lafarge's perspective, involves reducing a building's impact all long its life while controlling cost and preserving aesthetics and comfort.

 

Numerous partnerships, research and development of innovative products are all advantages and actions which make Lafarge a major player in sustainable construction.


Sustainable construction at the heart of Lafarge's strategy

 

Constructing differently is a constant challenge for Lafarge. For several years, the Group has been incorporating into its activities sensitive questions of preserving resources, rehabiliting quarries, limiting pollution and reducing worksite inconvenience and disturbance, and think about its contribution on completed buildings performances.

 

Lafarge now devotes around 50% of its R&D investments to sustainable construction. Its Research center is the 1st laboratory in the world for building materials and works on:

 

  • Improving existing products,
  • Developing new products which are even more effective and environmentally friendly.

But sustainable construction responds to major economic, social and environmental challenges which go far beyond the Group's field of activities:

 

  • Throughout their lifecycle, buildings are responsible for 40% of the CO2 emissions and waste in developed countries,
  • The building sector represents 10% of global GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and employs more than 100 million people around the world.

That is why the Group is multiplying its partnerships and working with numerous organizations to drive sustainable construction forward: universities, research centers, architects, international bodies, etc.

Increased focus on sustainability within R&D in 2009

Industrial ecology

Industrial ecology is a new way of integrating environmental factors (such as energy resources and natural raw materials) into business strategies. Inspired by the cycles of production, destruction and recycling in natural ecosystems, this approach uses waste from one industrial process as raw material or fuel for another.

 

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Supporting employees health

Occupational Health Programs

The health of Lafarge employees is important to our success. A comprehensive group-wide occupational health program has been introduced that includes regular medical examinations.

The mandatory regular health check-ups in place, help employees maintain a better healthy routine, especially while working in the industry where the occupational health in an issue with all the hazardous exposure at the worklace.

Lafarge Employees in the UAE also get a periodical health visits and awareness lectures given by medical expertise, highlighting important points of health care, and responding to all health related inquiries.

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