The Conference for Nature is being held today at Church House in Westminster and Cemex Sustainability Director Andy Spencer is set to speak alongside renowned wildlife expert Sir David Attenborough and the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.
The focus of the conference is on halting wildlife declines and it is being backed by the RSPB, National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and Butterfly Conservation. The conference aims to bring together politicians, industry leaders and wildlife groups to tackle the problems nature faces.
Darren Moorcroft, from the State of Nature partnership, said: “Cemex is a key partner for us when it comes to creating habitats for nature so it’s fantastic to have them at this conference. The quarrying industry is already doing great things for wildlife, but we want to challenge them to do even more.
“The groundbreaking State of Nature report launched last year by Sir David Attenborough and the country’s leading wildlife groups revealed that 60% of the UK’s native species are in decline…This conference marks the start of a new way of tackling this crisis, by bringing industry, politician and conservationists together to find game changing solutions. The strength of support this conference has received from industry, politicians and conservationists shows the real level of ambition there is.”
Andy Spencer, Sustainability Director, Cemex UK, said: “As a leading supplier of concrete, aggregates and cement we provide vital building materials for the construction of homes, schools, roads and hospitals in our communities, but we also have a responsibility for the wildlife that share our sites.
“It continues to be a delicate balance to ensure the needs of the natural and the built environment and one that we must strive to achieve for the benefit of all.
“As a business Cemex appreciates the framework and structure that key legislation such as the Birds and Habitats directives bring, and that enable an equitable and fair way to ensure all businesses implement minimum standards. However, at Cemex we aim to do much more; for example, working in partnership with the RSPB in 2010 we launched our 10 year Biodiversity Strategy setting ourselves challenging targets.”
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/03092014/cemex-joins-high-profile-attendees-at-conference-for-nature-412/