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HeidelbergCement honours International Quarry Life Award winners

10 December 2014, Published under Cement News

The winners of HeidelbergCement’s International Quarry Life Award were yesterday honoured at an award ceremony held in Prague, Czech Republic. The Quarry Life Award was established by HeidelbergCement to generate innovative ideas for promoting and protecting biodiversity at its quarry sites. Almost 400 proposals from 22 countries were submitted in 2014, of which 95 were selected for the competition in five different categories: Biodiversity and Education, Innovation and Biodiversity, Biodi...

New species of snail discovered in Lafarge Malaysia limestone quarry

27 August 2014, Published under Cement News

A new, presumed narrowly endemic species of snail has been discovered in a limestone quarry in Malaysia run by Lafarge. The new species of snail, discovered by Fendie Marzuki and Thor Seng Liew at the northern end of Gunung Kanthan, Malaysia, has been named 'Charopa lafargei', recognising that most of the hill is within a concession run by Lafarge Malaysia. The hill is reportedly scheduled for quarrying by the Lafarge Malaysia cement company. The continued existence of the species will ...

IUCN launches biodiversity guide

22 July 2014, Published under Cement News

The International Union for Conservation (IUCN), in cooperation with CEMBUREAU and other cement and aggregates industry associations, has published a new guide to encourage companies to responsibly manage biodiversity throughout their operations. The guide, entitled “ Integrated Biodiversity Management System ” is the product of a four-year project by an independent panel of biodiversity and ecosystem experts in consultation with industry practitioners and other stakeholders. The panel dev...

Holcim launches its 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report

23 June 2014, Published under Cement News

Holcim today released its 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report detailing the Group’s ongoing activities in sustainable development and disclosing data on a number of key sustainability performance indicators. A panel of independent external experts has contributed to the report by reviewing and confirming the sustainability topics covered. These experts have furthermore made recommendations to Holcim which are included in the report. Bernard Fontana, Holcim ??CEO, comments: “Reflecting our...

Cemex quarries win European biodiversity awards

29 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Two Cemex quarries, Rugeley in the UK and Soto Pajares in Spain, have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to biodiversity at the European Aggregates Association (UEPG) awards in Brussels. Rugeley Quarry in Cannock Chase, West Midlands received a Recognition of Achievement for its significant restoration work and excellent habitat management activities. Soto Pajares Quarry in the Province of Madrid, Spain won the Special Award for Biodiversity for its outstanding actions rel...

HeidelbergCement announces winners International Quarry Life Award

17 December 2012, Published under Cement News

On 13 December 2012, the awards were presented to the international recipients at a ceremony in Heidelberg. The guest speaker for the event was none other than primate researcher, UN Messenger of  Peace and environmental acti vist, Jane Goodall, Dame of the British Empire. She spoke about the current threats to the planet, but also about what she sees as reasons for hope. With the Quarry Life Award, HeidelbergCement has established a competition at international level, with the aim of disco...

MPA wins biodiversity award, UK

02 July 2012, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association, UK, has won a CBI Trade Association Forum (TAF) Environmental Initiative Special Award, for the work of the Association and its members on Biodiversity. The Special Award stands out as one of only two Special Awards to be presented to Associations by TAF, alongside the 11 regular Best Practice categories. Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive MPA, said:  “MPA and its members are committed to enhancing biodiversity on mineral sites.  Continuing progress by our mem...

Protecting biodiversity

11 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Quarrying limestone for cement can result in global extinctions of little-known biodiversity if appropriate surveys are not undertaken prior to the quarry opening and if impact avoidance, mitigation and offset measures are not put in place as part of the quarry’s environmental management plan. Tony Whitten, Fauna & Flora International, UK, considers the issues at stake. Karst limestone creates some of the most beautiful and memorable landscapes in the world. Credit: Zhao Wenqing ...