New durability guidelines established by the Cement/Concrete Association

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The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has released new guidelines aimed at further improving the biodiversity performance of industry quarries.

The guidelines support the implementation of the association’s sustainability charter and represent a collaborative effort by GCCA member companies to improve overall performance in biodiversity management and quarry rehabilitation.

Member companies will use the guidelines to implement agreed best practices, as well as a framework for reporting progress against key performance indicators (KPIs).

Minimizing the impact of mining activity is an important priority for the cement and concrete industry globally. Creating new habitats through rehabilitation and mitigation is already an established practice in many countries, and the new GCCA guidelines will help support wider adoption of these practices across the sector.

Among the priority areas covered by the new guidelines are the inclusion of social, economic and environmental considerations for the future use of sites once mining activity ceases, as well as relevant legislative requirements. The guidelines also advocate the application of progressive rehabilitation where possible as good practice over the life of a quarry.

Stakeholder participation and consultation is also recommended at all stages, as is the practice of ensuring that rehabilitation and biodiversity plans are in place before extractive activities begin at new sites.

Along with the new guidelines, the GCCA also announced that it has joined ‘Business for Nature’, a global coalition bringing together influential organizations and forward-thinking companies to demonstrate action to reverse the loss of nature. .

Eva Zabey, Executive Director of Business for Nature, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome GCCA to Business for Nature. Today more than ever, the business community has its role to play and unites to ask governments to protect ecosystems. We look forward to working with GCCA to further integrate nature into the heart of business, financial and government decisions.

The United Nations has declared 2020 a super year for nature and biodiversity “to help achieve human well-being, fight climate change and protect our living planet”. GCCA sustainability guidelines for quarry rehabilitation and biodiversity management are available here.

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