The UK's Minerals Products Association (MPA) – Cement, today published its first full sustainable development report. Marking a significant change from traditionally reporting on principally its environmental performance, the new sustainable development report sees the industry setting out its broader sustainable development aspirations, not only in the manufacturing process, but also in how cement can help contribute to a more sustainable environment, economy and society.
Commenting on the report, Dr Pal Chana, executive director, said: "Whether it is robust health and safety policies and procedures that ensure that our work colleagues suffer no harm in carrying out their jobs, nurturing biodiversity in our disused quarries, or driving down our industrial emissions to levels that out-perform those set for us by the Environment Agency, MPA Cement members are engaged in a programme of continual improvement," Dr Chana adds. Nowhere is this better illustrated than the publication of the UK Cement Industry 2050 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy, setting an ambitious target of cutting carbon emissions by 81 per cent by 2050 - the first national cement sector in the world to launch such a strategy.
Dr Chana continues: “Our sustainable development challenges are many and varied, but our strength lies in recognising what these are, setting them out clearly for external stakeholders to see, implementing the measures necessary to meet these challenges and reporting on progress. This first full sustainable development report for the UK cement industry is an important step along a journey that is leading us to a more sustainable future.”
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