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Sustainable development


The locations of our mining operations are determined by geology. On those sites, we strive to protect biodiversity as we carry out our activities. Our mining sites and quarries are restored as operations progress, often contributing to the conservation of fauna and flora species.


Our mining and processing operations use land and natural resources. This can affect biodiversity and ecosystems throughout the lifecycle of our quarries. We ensure our mining activities are compatible with biodiversity conservation through relevant planning and restoration.

Our “Post-Mining Rehabilitation” protocol requires operations to prepare their quarries’ future and describes the restoration methods that will be applied during the site’s operating life and when it closes.

Our strategy consists of building our knowledge and understanding of the environment and, in sensitive zones, encouraging the development of biodiversity management plans. Approximately 15% of the Group’s operations are located on or near zones recognized for their interest in terms of biodiversity.

Our quarries, especially their end-of-life restoration, offer many opportunities to enrich biodiversity by reviving natural areas or helping to conserve endangered animal or plant species. Several examples of positive contributions to ecosystems on our sites demonstrate this phenomenon. Most of these examples result from partnerships with local environmental associations or NGOs.

SDR 2016
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Consumption & Discharges

Manage properly water usage and limit waste production are part of our Sustainable Development goals.

Energy & emissions

For several years, we have implemented action programs to improve the energy efficiency of its industrial activities and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.


Constantly improving the environmental impact of our products and processes is a priority for our R&D programs.