The group recognises that mining and processing its cement products may have a negative impact on the natural environment. Therefore, it is committed to mitigating its impact, wherever possible, and applying environmental protection measures in its manufacturing and processing activities. The group’s business strategy has been developed with consideration for the mitigation of carbon emissions, and water and energy inefficiency.
CEMENT is committed to a high standard of environmental performance and to upholding sound principles of sustainable development. The company believes that robust environmental management systems with a proactive approach to addressing the challenges and harnessing opportunities of climate change, are fundamental to overall operational success. The environmental policy commitment includes:
- aligning the environmental goals and objectives with the business strategy;
- developing, implementing and maintaining an environmental management system aligned with the broader business principles and standards;
- developing employees to manage and be accountable for excellence in environmental performance in their areas of responsibility;
- continually improving environmental performance by measuring and reviewing the effectiveness of and compliance to the environmental management system;
- allocating appropriate resources to achieve targets and undertake periodic reporting of performance to regulatory authorities;
- demonstrating an understanding of environmental accountability and leadership at all levels of management; and
- planning, designing and conducting operations to enhance sustainable development.
Environmental management strategy and compliance
Cement manufacturing is highly regulated by environmental laws governing. CEMENT strives to improve compliance with the requisite legislation and complies with all environmental licences and permits.
CEMENT’s environmental management strategy focuses on water consumption, energy efficiency and mitigating point and non-point source emissions. The Aganang and Delmas plants were designed to have limited environmental impact, with several mitigation measures developed for potential risks, such as dust and noise pollution. Water consumption and waste generation are monitored and measured periodically in line with legislative requirements.
Métier believes that good stewardship mitigates operations’ negative environmental impacts. The company regularly consults with the relevant authorities on environmental matters, such as plant water run-off, to minimise the impact to the surrounding areas. Métier engages experts to develop the environmental management programme for all plants to ensure that they operate within the legislative framework. The health, safety and environment manager conducts numerous audits (FY2017: 36) to ensure the effectiveness of the environmental programme. Early detection of emerging environmental issues enables Métier to immediately implement corrective action.
Métier closely monitors and controls dust emissions and wash water sediment, which are the only two material outputs with potential environmental impact. The bulk of the plant run-off water is recycled for use in production, and dust is maintained at levels well below the regulatory limits through mist sprayers, sprinklers and dust curtains. Due to Métier conscientiously managing plants, the subsidiary complies with all the regulatory requirements.