HeidelbergCement Group

Description

In more than 40 countries across the world, the name HeidelbergCement stands for competency and quality. HeidelbergCement is the global market leader in aggregates and a prominent player in the fields of cement, concrete and other downstream activities, making it one of the world’s largest manufacturers of building materials. In 2009, Group turnover amounted to approximately EUR 11 billion. The core activities of HeidelbergCement include the production and distribution of cement and aggregates, the two essential raw materials for concrete. We supplement our product range with downstream activities such as ready-mixed concrete, concrete products and concrete elements, as well as other related products and services. Around 53,000 employees in more than 2,500 locations make sure on a daily basis that our slogan ”for better building“ is brought to life.



Sustainability

Because natural resources are the basis of our business,sustainable development and environmental precaution play an important role in our activities.
As a company that extracts raw materials,we make the most efficient use of mineral resources that have formed over millions of years. Traditionally, we have given the
highest priority to environmentally friendly quarrying processes as well as subsequent renaturation and recultivation measures for our quarries.
From the first stages of quarrying activities, HeidelbergCement ensures to protect the animal and plant species whose habitat is in the surrounding nature. In this regard, the Group has taken several actions to protect and even
increase the species diversity in its quarries.
In 2008, HeidelbergCement was the first company in the industry to develop and implement a mandatory guideline in Europe to promote biological diversity. This guideline defines
consistent standards for recultivation and renaturation in the quarrying sites and ensures that all measures for subsequent use take into account the economic, ecological, and social
needs of the community.
The ten principles of the guideline are geared to encourage dialogue with all stakeholders – such as environmental authorities, nature conservation organisations and local communities
– as well as to increase biodiversity during and
after quarrying but also to protect the nature and typical species of the area. Adapted to regional characteristics, its purpose is to allow uniform measures for subsequent use
of sites to be co-ordinated internationally, thus laying the foundation for systematic biodiversity management at HeidelbergCement.



Business & Biodiversity Projects

HeidelbergCement: Grazing project at Gerhausen/Beiningen quarry, Germany
Since June 2012, Taurus cattle (in an aurochs re-breeding scheme) and Konik wild horses have been grazing all year round on an area of 75 hectares in the Gerhausen/Beiningen quarry near Blaubeuren, Ge...


HeidelbergCement: Beweidungsprojekt mit Wildpferden und Wildrindern im Steinbruch Gerhausen in Baden-Württemberg
Im Steinbruch Gerhausen/Beiningen in der Nähe von Blaubeuren werden auf einer 75 Hektar großen Fläche Taurus-Rinde und Konik-Wildpferde (siehe Foto) ganzjährig weiden. Am 9. Juni 2012 sind die ersten ...


Species Protection Program Sand Martin in the sand pits and gravel pits of HeidelbergCement AG
The Sand Martin is a regularly breeding bird in the gravel pits and sand pits of HeidelbergCement AG. For their breeding areas they prefer the freshly uncompleted steep faces of sandy-clayey material...


Artenschutzprogramm Uferschwalbe in den Sand- und Kieswerken der Heidelberger Sand und Kies GmbH
In den Kies- und Sandgruben der Heidelberger Sand und Kies GmbH ist die Uferschwalbe ein regelmäßig anzutreffender Brutvogel. Als Brutquartiere sind besonders die frisch abgebrochenen Steilwände aus...


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