Page 5: Benefits and impacts
CEMEX has identified seven indicators to achieve a balance between its operations and the environment.
CEMEX has realised that achieving sustainable performance requires moving the company culture forward. This means it needs to change the way its people and its operations behave. To achieve change requires action in each of the seven areas.
Last year, CEMEX UK invested around £7 million in environmental improvement projects to support these seven key areas, with a focus on improving efficiency, reducing use of energy and working with communities.
Where possible, CEMEX aims to keep its business in harmony with the environment. CEMEX is careful about how it protects and restores its sites. For example:
- CEMEX Angling consists of restored sand and gravel pits. It is the largest commercial angling association in the UK. It offers over 70 mature, fish-filled lakes and 20 stretches of river.
- Eversley Quarry in Hampshire shows how the restoration of a mineral extraction site can provide benefits to the local community. Eversley now has a wide range of leisure and biodiversity developments, including a nature reserve, a golf club, playing fields and water sports. The restored quarry has won national and international recognition and major awards.
- At Barrington in Cambridgeshire, the quarry is now a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). A number of restored quarries have SSSI status. This does not prevent quarrying but ensures interested parties can gain access to the site. The site also contains Cambridge Greensand deposits, which are rare and rich in fossils. The SSSI status means that CEMEX must ensure that these remain exposed when the quarry is restored.