HeidelbergCement Biodiversity Ambitions 2020

Delivering a prominent positive contribution to biodiversity

HeidelbergCement takes a leadership position in the development of biodiversity at its mining and quarrying sites:

  • We encourage an open dialogue with all stakeholders, including environmental authorities and nature conservation organisations before, during and after our activities.
  • We encourage the increase of biodiversity in the planning and implementation of restoration during and after mining activities.
  • We give priority to indigenous and regionally typical plant species; we protect soil and subsoil.
  • We avoid any contamination of ground or surface water during and after use of our quarries.

Quarries in areas of biological value

According to a Proximity Study made in 2013 by BirdLife International of 425 HeidelbergCement mining sites in 20 European and Central Asian countries, more than 153 sites were identified to be located within 1KM of a Natura 2000 area, Important Bird Areas (IBA), International protected area or National protected area.

On a global scale, 38% of limestone quarries and 24% of aggregates quarries managed by HeidelbergCement are located in areas with high biological value.

Biodiversity KPI's towards Ambitions 2020

KPI's (Key Performance Indicators) related to Biodiversity have been included in our reporting system for both the cement and aggregates business lines of the Group since 2010.

In 2012, HeidelbergCement has achieved the following figures:

Percentage (%) of quarries with restoration plan

  2012 (Value in %) Ambition 2020
Cement Business Line 90% 100%
Aggregates Business Line 76% 100%

Percentage (%) of quarries in areas with high biological value where biodiversity actions plans are implemented

  2012 (Value in %) Ambition 2020
Cement Business Line 61% 50%
Aggregates Business Line 58% 50%

As target 2020 has already been reached in 2012, a new ambition will be set in the near future.