As we enter a new decade, now is the most crucial time to combat the risks of climate change and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and UN SDG 13: Climate Action. As the leading building materials business in the world, we recognise our responsibility to act.

By investing in people, innovation and partnerships with our stakeholders, we can reduce our carbon emissions and help develop the technologies and initiatives needed across our industry to reduce climate impacts and protect biodiversity across our locations.

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Biodiversity at CRH

We are proud to showcase our biodiversity ambition for 2030 and some environmental achievements from across our global operations. We work hard to enhance the natural habitats across our operations and we collaborate with international, national and local organisations to promote a culture of appreciation and respect for biodiversity.

Protecting and promoting biodiversity

2030 biodiversity target

As part of our 2030 sustainability ambitions, we have set a target for 100% of our biodiversity-sensitive locations to have a management plan in...

2030 biodiversity target

As part of our 2030 sustainability ambitions, we have set a target for 100% of our biodiversity-sensitive locations to have a management plan in place, in line with best international practice. Biodiversity is a key consideration for our extractive operations and for site restoration planning. We aim to minimise potential impacts and to restore and rehabilitate disturbed ecosystems, while also creating and enhancing new habitats for rare species.

Protecting and promoting biodiversity

Supporting industry-wide biodiversity guidelines

As a founding member of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), we are playing our part in advancing the overall biodiversity and quarry...

Supporting industry-wide biodiversity guidelines

As a founding member of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), we are playing our part in advancing the overall biodiversity and quarry rehabilitation performance in the aggregates industry.

Protecting and promoting biodiversity

Leading the way in habitat restoration

CRH company Dufferin Aggregates’ Milton quarry in Canada is a UNESCO designated World Biosphere area, due to successful efforts to restore and...

Leading the way in habitat restoration

CRH company Dufferin Aggregates’ Milton quarry in Canada is a UNESCO designated World Biosphere area, due to successful efforts to restore and sustain suitable habitats for wildlife onsite. Its wetlands, meadows, lakes and forests are home to 134 species of bird, 40 species of butterfly and six species of amphibian.

Protecting and promoting biodiversity

Biodiversity efforts receive special recognition

Jura Cement, A CRH Company, received a special recognition at the European Aggregates Association (UEPG) awards in 2019 for the development of a...

Biodiversity efforts receive special recognition

Jura Cement, A CRH Company, received a special recognition at the European Aggregates Association (UEPG) awards in 2019 for the development of a regional wildlife corridor at its Cornaux quarry in Switzerland. The corridor consists of multiple ponds, rock features and bird boxes to support the populations of amphibians, birds and insects in the area.

Protecting and promoting biodiversity

Reducing the impact of construction projects on biodiversity

Opterra, A CRH Company in Germany, supplied concrete for the Southern Bavaria Bundesstraße motorway project’s green bridge structure. Completed in...

Reducing the impact of construction projects on biodiversity

Opterra, A CRH Company in Germany, supplied concrete for the Southern Bavaria Bundesstraße motorway project’s green bridge structure. Completed in 2019, the green bridge enables wild animals to cross the busy motorway. By providing a safe crossing point for birds, mammals and insects, green bridges such as this one help to connect habitats, maintaining healthy ecosystems and reducing the ecological impact of new roads.

Environment at CRH

As a large-scale landholder, with operations in 29 countries, preserving the land and protecting biodiversity are fully integrated into the way we operate. As we focus on our ambition to achieve carbon neutrality along the cement and concrete value chain by 2050, we are taking action by transitioning to low-carbon energy technologies, reducing the carbon footprint of our products and innovating for carbon efficiency.

Case Studies

Championing sustainability

OPTERRA Karsdorf, part of our Europe Materials Division, has achieved gold certification from the Concrete Sustainability Council for sustainable...

Championing sustainability

OPTERRA Karsdorf, part of our Europe Materials Division, has achieved gold certification from the Concrete Sustainability Council for sustainable management practices. The plant is now one of eight cement plants in the world to hold the certification and demonstrates the leadership and ability of CRH in championing sustainability.

Case Studies

Contributing to the circular economy

In 2020, Ecorec, part of our Europe Materials Division, opened a new, solid recovered fuel (SRF) production line at its Pezinok plant in Slovakia....

Contributing to the circular economy

In 2020, Ecorec, part of our Europe Materials Division, opened a new, solid recovered fuel (SRF) production line at its Pezinok plant in Slovakia. The SRF production line processes industrial and municipal waste, converting it to an alternative fuel that can be used in cement production, increasing Ecorec’s alternative fuel production capacity by 50%.

Case Studies

Investing in renewable energy

We continue to pursue reliable future energy resources by partnering with organisations to install renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind....

Investing in renewable energy

We continue to pursue reliable future energy resources by partnering with organisations to install renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind. For example, Structural Concrete Belgium, part of our Building Products Division, has partnered with a local utilities supplier to install wind turbines at their plant in Genk.

Case Studies

Collaborating for biodiversity benefits

Through our Americas Materials Division, we have worked with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) since 2004. This non-profit group combines...

Collaborating for biodiversity benefits

Through our Americas Materials Division, we have worked with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) since 2004. This non-profit group combines conservation and business to develop sites as wildlife habitats. We currently have 18 WHC-certified locations where wildlife such as the black swallow tail are settling and thriving.

Case Studies

Preserving in air quality

Finnsementti, part of our Europe Materials Division in Finland, recently received the 'Environmental Act of the Year' award from the city of Parainen...

Preserving in air quality

Finnsementti, part of our Europe Materials Division in Finland, recently received the 'Environmental Act of the Year' award from the city of Parainen for the environmental investments that have taken place at its Parainen plant. In 2020, Finnsementti installed a new baghouse filter at the Parainen plant which has significantly reduced the amount of dust emitted.