As a leading building materials business, we have a responsibility to meet the demands for ever-expanding sustainable cities while contributing to a low-carbon circular economy.

We strongly believe in leading by example and implementing environmental best practices to drive continuous improvement, reduce our potential impacts and meet stakeholders’ increasing expectations around sustainability. To ensure a consistent approach, we apply our Environmental Policy across all our operating companies.

We have a long and successful history of meeting ambitious targets for reducing CO2 emissions from our activities. Looking to the future, we are committed to playing our part towards delivering a carbon neutral future with our ambition to achieve carbon neutrality along the cement and concrete value chain by 2050.

Biodiversity at CRH

We are proud to showcase our biodiversity ambition for 2030 and some environmental achievements from across our global operations. As a large-scale landholder, with operations in 30 countries, preserving the land and protecting biodiversity are fully integrated into the way we operate. 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.