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.