CEMEX provides crushed rock and sand and gravel for concrete and mortar needed in the building of homes, schools, offices, shops, hospitals and roads. Aggregates from CEMEX ‘s more than 100 quarries are also used in the filtering of drinking water, the cleansing of emissions from our power stations and products, as diverse as light bulbs, china and toothpaste.
Quarrying makes a substantial contribution to the local economy by
providing jobs, often in the countryside where employment opportunities
are limited, and generating spending on support services.CEMEX
applies careful planning to ensure a balance between the need for raw
materials and protection of the environment. The company strives to
minimise the impact of quarrying operations and involves the local
community in developing opportunities around after use of land. It has
delivered a number of outstanding developments through partnerships with
the Wildlife Trust, and collaboration with neighbours, community groups
and local authorities.
Many of the UK’s best angling lakes,
nature reserves and recreational sites were created from former sand and
gravel excavations. With 40,000 members, CEMEX Angling is today the
largest commercial angling organisation in the UK, offering over 70
mature, fish-filled lakes and 20 stretches of river.
A number of
CEMEX sites have also been designated Sites of Special Scientific
Interest (SSSI) following restoration, including Lackford Lakes in
Suffolk and Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire. At Taff’s
Well quarry near Cardiff, an area of beech woodland was even upgraded
recently, from SSSI to Special Area of Conservation (SAC) by the
European Union, making it a significant site at European level.