As water scarcity and flooding are increasingly important issues for society, our concern for responsible water use and management goes beyond our operational boundaries. We implement biodiversity management plans for all active extraction sites.

Sheep at Bardon Hill

Biodiversity, habitats and site restoration

We implement biodiversity management plans for all active extraction sites and work to protect, restore and enhance biodiversity habitats and species on and around our sites. We develop rehabilitation/restoration/reclamation plans that take into account the needs and expectations of our stakeholders and, where feasible and relevant, fosters wildlife habitat creation and contributes to the conservation of species.

Across our landholdings we also create wetlands, build dry stone walls, plant trees and provide natural landscapes and excellent habitats for plants and animals to thrive.

We have ten extraction sites certified to The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark, we will increase the number of sites certified and continue to work with partners on Living Landscape projects in the South Mendips in Somerset and the Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire.

Our positive contribution to ecosystems is measured and monitored using a Biodiversity Indicator Reporting System (BIRS). The BIRS methodology requires annual surveys of site habitats and generates a numerical biodiversity score per site, which, over time, we expect each site’s score to increase as restoration takes place to create an enhanced landscape.

Our targets to 2020

  • 5% per annum water intensity reduction

  • 100% active quarries with BIRS in place 

  • Year on year improvement in number of validated complaints


Water management

We aim to minimize our impact on water resources by reducing water withdrawal through the increased use of recycled or grey water, the promotion of water efficient practices and a responsible management of water discharges. Recently our total water consumption figures rose - this was a result of the addition of two cement plants and their associated quarries, and our new Lytag and Charcon factories. We continue to improve our metering technologies  and data interpretation capabilities to more effectively measure, monitor and manage our water use.

People and communities

We are committed to being a responsible partner, effectively contributing to improving the quality of life of the members of our workforce, their families and the communities around our operations.


With a strong portfolio of sustainable products and services, we will help our customers avoid CO2 emissions released from buildings and infrastructure over the whole life-cycle.

Circular economy

In addition to considering the extraction, production and transportation impacts of our products, we consider incorporating non-primary materials and the potential to recover, reuse and recycle products at end of use.