The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) launched a new policy document which outlines steps that GCCA members commit to taking to work towards the achievement of Net Positive Impact in cement, concrete and aggregates operations.
“Protecting and enhancing biodiversity is critical for the future of our planet. While the cement and aggregate industry can have an impact on nature through extraction of raw materials from the earth, our member companies have a great record in minimising the impact of their operations – restoring and often improving the balance of nature in land that they manage,” said Claude Loréa, Cement Director, GCCA.
“Working towards net positive impact throughout their operations will underpin the great work that is already underway. We already have detailed guidelines for member companies to follow and our new policy outlines our commitment to building the sustainable world of tomorrow.”
The biodiversity policy unveil follows last year’s launch of GGCA’s Climate Ambition footprint of member company operations and produce carbon neutral concrete by 2050 in line with global climate goals – an important step in helping to protect the natural world.
The biodiversity policy outlines four specific key actions to ensure ecosystems can flourish, including formulating and executing effective and progressive quarry rehabilitation and biodiversity management plans. Tracking, monitoring, reporting, and establishing assurance of information through Key Performance Indicators. Highlighting concrete’s strong sustainability characteristics, such as high versatility, which enables material efficiency aligned with Nature Based Solution initiatives, and working in partnership to scale up efforts, building close ties with civil society organizations.