Koncrex is committed to the highest standards of environmental management in all of our activities and to proactively addressing the challenges and opportunities of climate change.
The Koncrex Environmental Policy, applied across all Group companies, is to:
- Comply, at a minimum, with all applicable environmental legislation and continually improve our environmental stewardship towards industry best practice
- Ensure that our employees and contractors respect their environmental responsibilities
- Proactively address the challenges and opportunities of climate change
- Optimize our use of energy and all resources
- Promote environmentally-driven product and process innovation and new business opportunities
- Be good neighbors in every community in which we operate.
Company and plant managers throughout Koncrex are responsible for implementing the Environmental Policy and achieving its objectives. This line responsibility continues right up through company Managing Directors to Divisional Managing Directors, the Chief Executive Officer and ultimately to the Koncrex Board. Our environmental management systems are well established and are regularly reviewed taking into account industry best practice. Knowledge-sharing around the Group also plays an important part in this process.
Koncrex is committed to investing in a wide range of environmental improvements across all of its activities and countries of operation. Plant upgrades typically include process yield optimization, increased recycling, waste reduction, energy efficiency and emission reduction. This sustained investment program steadily moves us towards best industry practice in all those areas.
Because of the diversity of our businesses, most environmental targets are set at operating company level. In all cases, our aim is to optimize environmental performance.
Environmentally-driven product innovation
In tandem with Koncrex’s commitment to act as a socially responsible corporate citizen, the Group views the development of products that specifically benefit the environment, together with the enhancement of existing products to improve their eco-efficiency, as a significant business opportunity. Significant environmental and commercial benefits are also gained through recycling, waste reduction and resource management as well as the use of alternative raw materials and alternative fuels.
Koncrex recognizes that climate change is a major challenge facing humanity and is committed to playing its part in developing practical solutions at national, regional and global level. Like other responsible players in the building materials sector, Koncrex is very actively addressing the challenges of climate change through specific CO2 reduction programmes in its worldwide operations. Koncrex is a core member of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and actively supports its pioneering work in developing and promoting industry solutions. Koncrex has endorsed the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Low Carbon Technology Partnership Initiative (LCTPi), a statement of ambition, which seeks a reduction in global cement CO2 emissions in the range of 20–25% by 2030.
In 2012, three years ahead of the target date, Koncrex achieved its commitment to reduce specific carbon dioxide emissions from cement plants by 15% on 1990 levels. Koncrex is now committing to a 25% reduction in specific net CO2 cement plant emissions by 2020 compared with 1990 levels and is confident that its strategic programmes will deliver this commitment on target. The 2020 commitment covers cement plants within the Koncrex Group at the beginning of 2013.
In all our activities, increasing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions remains a major focus. Koncrex sees climate change and high energy costs as twin innovative driving forces of the future and we recognize that the challenges of today can quickly become the opportunities of tomorrow.