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Cement news highlights: 1 – 5 September

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The Conference for Nature was held in London this week, bringing together industry representatives, politicians and wildlife groups in a bid to help halt wildlife declines. The UK’s minerals sector was also involved in the event, with Cemex Sustainability Director, Andy Spencer, and Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive of the Mineral Products Association, speaking alongside renowned wildlife expert Sir David Attenborough and the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

“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,” explained Andy Spencer.

“Supporting biodiversity is a key aim for us: it is a key part of our license to operate,” said Nigel Jackson. “It also makes good business sense to restore sites to high quality and help deliver national and local environmental priorities and biodiversity targets. We can demonstrate the overall gains in environmental quality as result of our operations, and community support of, and use of, our sites.”

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News from North America

This week’s not to be missed articles…

  • Anthony Johnson, CLARCOR Industrial Air, USA, describes dust collection principles and the importance of interlocking operating systems.
  • The UK aggregates and metals manufacturing sector is making tangible progress in managing its energy consumption, with 76% reporting a beneficial impact on the bottom line as a result of their efforts, according to a new report from Siemens Industry.

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