CEMBUREAU releases its 2030 biodiversity roadmap

CEMBUREAU,  the European Cement Association,  released  today  its 2030 Biodiversity Roadmap which sets a vision  for biodiversity  in and around quarries over  the coming decades. Through  this roadmap,  CEMBUREAU  and  its  members  contribute  to  the  global  goal  of  ‘Nature  Positive’  by enhancing  the ecological  value of quarried areas, protecting, and  restoring ecosystems  to deliver sustainable growth, in harmony with the natural world.  

Koen  Coppenholle,  CEMBUREAU  Chief  Executive,  said:  “The  European  cement  industry  is committed to achieving the goals set in the EU Green Deal. In addition to climate change, one of the key priorities of our industry is to protect and preserve the rich ecosystems thriving in and around our quarries and make a strong contribution to biodiversity across the EU.”

The extraction sites of raw materials used in the European cement industry are crucial for biodiversity since they accommodate many different types of ecosystems spread across several different climatic zones within the EU. Quarries are home to a rich variety of species, as many different habitat types are often encountered, with the transitional zones between, offering significant biodiversity interest.

With  the  2030  Biodiversity  Roadmap,  the  cement  industry’s  ambition  is  to  contribute  to  halting biodiversity loss during the lifecycle of a quarry through rehabilitation processes. Furthermore, going above  and  beyond  legal  requirements  can  ensure  that  new  habitats  are  created  during  the rehabilitation process,  thereby providing animal and plant  life a  space where  rare and  threatened species can further prosper and flourish.

The full text could be found here.