Iraq’s sustainable development
As a global company, Lafarge has committed to lighten its environmental footprint worldwide. Its industrial ecology concept comes as an answer to some environmental challenges linked with cement production, while providing a service to the local community. Its potential is not restricted to cement plants supplying mature economies, but also to emerging nations such as Iraq. Amr Elkady shares the company's sustainable vision.
Lafarge entered the Iraqi market after the acquisition of Orascom’s cement arm in 2008. The group now operates two state-owned cement plants, Bazian and Tasluja. In addition to this, the completion of a rehabilitation project at Karbala will increase Lafarge’s current 5Mta cement capacity in the country by 2Mta.
The cement and concrete produced by Lafarge has played a significant role in the reconstruction of the new Iraq after years of war. Its products are a key component in the building of houses, schools, hospitals, dams and bridges in almost every part of the country.