CRH 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 CRH 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
- Optimise our use of energy and all resources
- Promote environmentally-driven product and process innovation and new business opportunities
- Be good neighbours in every community in which we operate.
Company and plant managers throughout CRH 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 Operating Officer, the Chief Executive Officer and ultimately to the CRH 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.
CRH 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 optimisation, 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 optimise environmental performance.
Environmentally-driven product innovation
In tandem with CRH’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.
CRH recognises 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 CRH is very actively addressing the challenges of climate change through specific CO2 reduction programmes in its worldwide operations. CRH 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.
CRH has made a commitment to achieve a 15% reduction in the specific CO2 emissions from the portfolio of cement plants under operational control in 2007 by 2015 (base year 1990) and continues to invest to ensure the Group will deliver on this commitment.
In all our activities, increasing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions remains a major focus. CRH sees climate change and high energy costs as twin innovative driving forces of the future and we recognise that the challenges of today can quickly become the opportunities of tomorrow.
Read more in our Sustainability Report