Local Environmental Impacts
In addition to addressing the issues of dust and noise, HeidelbergCement faces a challenge in terms of the air pollutant emissions of the cement business line. While dust and noise are emitted from different points in the production process, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides, and other air pollutants are mainly emitted from kilns. There are national legal limits that have to be observed by all production locations.
HeidelbergCement has also pledged to reduce air pollutants as part of its Sustainability Commitments 2030. By 2030, we further aim to reduce the SOX and NOX emissions generated in our cement production by 40% and dust emissions by 80% – in comparison with 2008 – as well as continuously reducing all other air pollutant emissions, bringing them below the industry average.
We monitor emissions of air pollutants on an ongoing basis. By using new filter technologies and innovative production processes, we reduce pollutants and thus mitigate the impact of our activities on the environment and neighbouring communities.
HeidelbergCement has committed itself to the goal of mitigating?the impact of its activities on natural water resources to the greatest?extent possible. We comply with stringent environmental regulations?to ensure that our raw material quarrying will not endanger local?bodies of surface water and ground water resources.
Our primary focus in terms of waste management concerns the kiln dust that is a by-product of clinker production. This dust has to be removed from the kiln systems at several facilities in order to prevent disruptions to proper kiln operations. We generally use the kiln dust as an alternative raw material in cement production, thereby improving our ecological efficiency.
HeidelbergCement requires land for its core business activities. Land represents a significant asset in the HeidelbergCement Group, comprising both a physical location at which business activities are undertaken and a source of raw material supply to support the majority of those activities. A responsible land use policy establishes the principles that HeidelbergCement follows in respect of land management and directly supports our Sustainability Commitments 2030.?