The European cement industry contributes to the no net loss of biodiversity in Europe, thanks to the rehabilitation projects which it implements at quarry level. Indeed, in many instances, these projects actually generate a net gain for nature! But is does not do this alone. Across Europe sites work regularly with NGOs and universities to undertake research and develop the most suitable projects for that particular quarry. The sector also works hard to communicate on these projects and the importance of biodiversity, particularly to local stakeholders. From a policy perspective, the cement industry is supporting the European Commission in its efforts to improve the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives. CEMBUREAU's recommendations can be summarised as follows:
- Encourage planning for both biodiversity and business at Member State level
- Monitor and enforce implementation of the legislation at national level
- Apply the principle of equal treatment, both in terms of sectors and countries
- Develop species action plans
- Establish a clear definition of what is a 'favourable conservation status'
- Ensure adequate funding to enhance and maintain Europe's biodiversity
The cement industry is also paying close attention to IAS, given that quarry sites run the risk of becoming colonised by IAS. With this in mind, the sector has developed guidance on the prevention, management and control of IAS at quarry level.