Sustainable thinking is critical for the cement industry. The production facilities are highly capital-intensive and designed for long-term production. Of course, the extraction of raw materials is an encroachment on nature. Environmental legislation provides that this will be compensated for by the perpetrator. So-called re-cultivation is documented in detail and controlled by public bodies. But we also return what we take from nature. We have known for a long time that decommissioned, re-natured quarries provide new habitat for rare plants and animals that are almost extinct.

Furthermore, we constantly strive to make cement production even more environmentally friendly. The reduction of CO2 emissions is an extremely important subject. We are working hard to reduce the proportion of Portland cement clinker in cement. To do so, we use clinker substitutes, including granulated blast furnace slag and fly ash. These materials are produced as byproducts of steel and electricity production and are highly suitable. Through new cements such as calcium sulfoaluminate cements, we are also able to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions. But the conservation of non-renewable raw materials, such as oil or coal, is also a concern for us. And last but not least, our employees: We pay great attention to their safety and health protection.