22 June 2017
LafargeHolcim receives Concrete Sustainability Council responsible sourcing certificates
1 June 2017
First Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) Certificates awarded... (printed in the Global Cement June 2017 issue)
1 June 2017
Committed to responsibly-sourced concrete (printed in the ICR June 2017 issue)
Objectives of the responsible sourcing rating system

Mission: make the concrete- and cement sector more sustainable.

Our large sector can play a significant role in helping to make our planet a better place to live for our- and future generations. Each company can play a large role in their local community.

The responsible sourcing rating system has six objectives:

1. Improve concrete’s sustainable performance

  • Promote responsible practices throughout the value chain
  • Incentivize continuous improvement

The responsible sourcing rating system is an instrument that helps to focus and is a communication instrument that helps with setting targets and set out the path for improvement.

2. Improve transparency of the concrete sector

  • Enable the concrete industry to remain competitive in the green building sector
  • Make green initiatives more visible
  • Enable a producer to demonstrate leadership

3.  Get recognition for the sustainable effort in certification rating systems

  • Get credits for responsibly sourced concrete in green building rating systems as LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, GreenStar, HQE, etc.

4. Get recognition in green procurement government policies

  • At EU level, the RSS could be perceived as a valuable harmonization effort
  • Environmentally Preferred Products (EPP via EPA)
  • Stimulate governments to set up green procurement policies so the level playing field is raised.

5. Improve the public opinion of both the concrete product and the sector

Other sectors (wood, steel) have been better in positioning their product and sector and are sometimes perceived to be greener. More (and independent) communicating about the sustainable performance in the sector and being more transparent will improve public opinion.

6. Improve the business case for responsible/sustainable concrete

The responsible sourcing rating system will provide tangible evidence to share with customers, stakeholders and shareholders, supporting internal investment in sustainability.


Concrete is the most widely used manmade material on the planet.

  • 70% of the world's population lives in concrete structures.
  • The average person consumes 9 kg of concrete per day.
  • Concrete production accounts for 5% of the world’s CO2 emissions.


Trends

The construction industry is subject to growing stakeholder expectations about the accountability, transparency and legitimacy of its operations.

  • Construction industry clients, including those involved in Government funded projects, are increasingly seeking to prove that their products have been responsibly sourced.
  • Main contractors, architects and engineering designers are in turn asking their supply chains probing questions about this vital element of sustainability, and the onus is on manufacturers, to prove that their products have been responsibly produced and their constituent materials responsibly sourced.
  • Increasing market interest in responsible procurement.
  • Wider societal expectations with regard to the ethical, environmental and social performance of the supply chain of large companies.


Committed to responsible sourcing

Initiated by the concrete industries in Europe, USA and Latin America, the Concrete Sustainable Council (CSC) was founded.

By creating a certification system for responsibly sourced concrete, the CSC makes it their mission to improve transparency of the concrete sector, improve the public opinion of both the concrete product and the sector, and highlight the essential role of concrete in creating a sustainable construction sector (recognition in 'green' procurement government policies).

The CSC system provides insight in the level to which a company operates in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way. The CSC certification covers the raw materials, its source or provenance, its manufacture and a range of social and environmental impacts.

CSC not only helps manufactures to improve their products' performance, but also drives competitiveness in the sector.

Making global goals local business

  • Empower customers and manufacturers to make environmentally supportive decisions
  • Contribute to the growing public awareness of, and commitment to, sustainable development.
  • Allow public authorities to achieve environmental targets.
  • Setting an example for the general public and private sector.


Stakeholder engagement

In July 2016, 10 representatives from civil society organizations (including BirdLife International, Friends of Nature Lebanon and WWF China) gathered at IUCN's headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, to provide comments on the scheme. The meeting report provides an overview of input and recommendations on the CSC certification scheme.