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United Kingdom – A Vision for our Former Mining Sites


Sustainable development

United Kingdom – A Vision for our Former Mining Sites

Imerys Minerals Ltd, with its Eco-Bos Eco-Community project, wishes to reinvigorate the mid-Cornwall clay area.

The plan is to create a series of exemplar,highly sustainable communities on 700 ha of Imerys-owned industrial land that is no longer required for operational purposes. The proposals incorporate all aspects of low carbon living from house and street designs to travel plans, greenspaceand food production areas.

The Eco-town status was granted to Imerys by the British Government in July 2009, being one of only four projects selected out of some sixty submissions nationwide. In May 2010 Imerys entered into a joint venture partnership with Orascom Development Holdings an international town development and operations group, forming a new company to take forward the planning and development of the former operationalsites. The joint venture, in whichOrascom has a 75% holding, has been named Eco-Bos, after the Cornish Word "Bos", meaning "Home".

A planning submission has been made for the first phaseon the site of a former kaolin quarry at Baal, near St Austell. (Cornwall, UK) and it is anticipated that a further planning submission will be made for the next phase at the redundant Par Harbour site also near St. Austell.

The project will take place in successive stages over more than 20 years.

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Since 2005, our Sustainable Development reporting covers all activities over which we exert operating control.

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Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy. Actions are guided by a three-year plan that sets goals for each of our areas of activity. The three-year plan also provides for gradual, continuous performance improvement.

Environmental focus

We work to reduce our environmental impact and use natural resources efficiently. We control our activities’ impact on the environment and set up management systems that allow us to improve our performance continuously.

Social Focus

Health and Safety, Human Resources, Ethic, and dialogue with our neighboring communities are among our main corporate social responsibility priorities.