At CRH, we supply the materials that are needed to build a low-carbon society. Our approach to sustainability covers the entire value chain and involves a whole life-cycle approach, from sourcing raw materials through to design, building use and end-of-life waste management.

Our ambition is to offer more solutions that contribute to a sustainable built environment. We work with forward-thinking customers to innovate and refine the design, delivery and application of sustainable products through construction, building materials and technical support.

We are an active advocate of increased product transparency and we provide information on the environmental performance of our products, supported by Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).

Case Study

CRH products used in Chernobyl safe confinement structure

CRH Ukraine, part of our Europe Materials Division, supplied approximately 62,000 tonnes of cement for the construction of the New Safe Confinement (NSC) at Chernobyl. The NSC took 17 million man-hours to complete. It is a multifunctional complex, designed to prevent further radioactive contaminants from seeping into the surrounding environment from Reactor 4, destroyed during the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.

New Safe Confinement (NSC) at Chernobyl

Building Products businesses collaborating for sustainable solutions

Part of our Building Products Division, HALFEN in Germany and Thermomass in the USA, started a collaboration to introduce the Thermomass product line of glass fibre sandwich wall anchors into the Italian market, by leveraging HALFEN's commercial excellence and market reach. This product is not thermally conductive, which allows the production of more sustainable and better performing sandwich walls.

Additionally, it offers customers a faster installation and easier quality control than traditional solutions. The businesses are working to replicate this approach in other European markets.

Glass fibre sandwich wall anchor