Cement and building materials company CEMEX has launched a biodiversity strategy for its UK operations.
Launched by Scottish Minister for the Environment Roseanna Cunningham MSP, at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and with the support of the RSPB, the scheme commits CEMEX to the creation and maintenance of 1,000 hectares of priority habitats by 2020.
The scheme means CEMEX will:
President for CEMEX UK, Gonzalo Galindo, said: “As one of this country’s leading building materials companies, CEMEX UK plays a key role in creating and maintaining Britain’s built environment. But we recognise that our business has consequences. It is a key challenge for us to balance these impacts with the need to build a more sustainable future. Our vision is for a successful, sustainable CEMEX that makes a positive contribution to people and the environment.”
Cunningham, said: “All parts of society, including businesses, need a healthy natural environment to provide the resources and services we need. It follows that we all have a duty to protect it. In Scotland we already have a world leading Climate Change Act and many businesses have already begun implementing carbon reduction plans, but if we also don’t work to protect the biodiversity that drives our natural systems, reducing carbon emissions will be a hollow victory.
Director for RSPB Scotland, Anne McCall, said: “By committing to this comprehensive strategy, CEMEX will, with its employees, neighbours and conservation organisations, create habitats and enrich our environment here in Scotland.”