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VIcat group circular economy
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At all levels of the company our circular-economy strategy means we make better use of natural resources. To achieve this, we propose special services for stakeholders in construction.
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1 million

tons of inert and non-inert waste used every year for quarry restoration or as alternative materials in cement plants


More than 50 %

of the fuels used in Vicat cement plants in France are derived from recycled waste

Circular-economy offering

Circular-economy offering for reducing our consumption of natural raw materials

To lower our consumption of natural raw materials and water, we have developed a short-supply-chain circular-economy model. This includes increased use of raw materials derived from recycling and using locally-available waste beneficially in cement plants. In France we have created a turnkey circular-economy business: Vicat Circulère.

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'Circular' production processes

Fully aware of the exhaustive nature of the natural resources we use, we are committed to a circular-economy strategy that modifies our industrial processes:- Modernisation des procédés pour réduire la consommation d’énergies

  • Modernization of processes to reduce energy consumption,
  • Increased consumption of recycled materials,
  • Harnessing of local energy-rich and mineral waste,
  • Raising the proportions of alternative fuels in our energy mix.

Did you know? The proportion of alternative fuels we use in cement plants is rising constantly: 25.6% in 2018 across the Group, after 25.2% in 2017.



Our short-supply-chain circular-economy offering: Vicat Circulère

In France, since 2018, we have also been providing comprehensive customized turnkey solutions to help stakeholders in construction and local development convert industrial and urban wasteland.

Our Vicat Circulère know-how focuses on three things:  

  • deconstruction: optimized local management of the recycling of waste from demolition sites, and decontamination, performed through Vicat's network of facilities
  • local repurposing of waste: the Group's industrial facilities (cement plants, quarries, etc.) enable new uses to be found for old materials, in compliance with demanding environmental and quality criteria.   
  • redevelopment: regeneration of public spaces using materials derived from local waste (repurposed) and development of innovative eco-responsible constructive solutions

Vicat Circulère, a comprehensive virtuous solution

Our Vicat Circulère offering for local authorities and construction and public-works contractors is a solution for:

  • sparing natural resources,
  • reducing CO2 emissions,
  • completely repurposing waste—for its material or energy content—through a process that generates no final waste (or ash or cinders),
  • creating jobs through the development of local 'green' businesses.

Did you know?We also provide a service for treatment and conversion of special and hazardous waste. Our subsidiary Altola, the Swiss leader on this market, provides a comprehensive solution from advisory services to analysis, logistics, and treatment.

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Vicat accelerates its circular-economy drive with the CO2ntainer system

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Vicat accelerates its circular-economy drive with the CO2ntainer system



From waste to product: Terenvie, cornerstone of circular cement in the community

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Two years after the agreement to create it, the Terenvie platform, which has been operating since June 2019, is seeing business grow day by day.



Vicat fine tunes its contribution to European SeRaMCo project

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The European Union’s SeRaMCo project got off the ground in 2017. It is aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the construction sector by finding beneficial uses for inert waste from demolition sites. Between engagement and innovation, the Vicat group’s contribution to the project, which is due to end in 2020, is reaching a successful conclusion.



Circular economy in construction: the Gerland Stadium project in Lyons

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Circular economy in construction: the Gerland Stadium project in Lyons

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