BCCF and Sustainability
Quarrying activities are often more challenging to manage from an environmental perspective than other manufacturing industies and calcium carbonate producers accept their operations can potentially impact upon the environment in a number of ways.
Rare bee orchids thriving on a carefully protected area of a chalk quarry in Cambridgeshire
However, many operators have made substantial investments in environmental protection to reduce the impact of their activities and some are making the most of the potential to contribute positively in areas such as land restoration and biodiversity.
Sustainable development, quality restoration and aftercare of industry operations and being sensitive to local requirements are an essential part of the responsible approach expected from BCCF members.
The industrial minerals sector recognises sustainable development as a vital objective for society and readily acknowledges its responsibility for helping to achieve this critical aim. To take the sector forward in a sustainable way the BCCF, as a mational member association of CCA-Europe, have agreed to work actively towards continuous improvement in economic, environmental and social performance. (IMA-Europe Sustainable Development Charter)
The REACH Regulation (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals) entered into force on 1 June 2007. The objective of this new Regulation is to protect human health and the environment whilst maintaining the competitiveness and enhancing the innovative capacity of the EU chemicals industry.
All REACH related activities for UK manufacturers of calcium carbonate (CaCO3, EINECS 207-439-9, CAS 471-34-1) have been co-ordinated by the European Calcium Carbonate Association (CCA), which represents the majority of the European producers. CCA-Europe has also been appointed as Substance Information Exchange Forum (SIEF) Facilitator on the REACH Consortium for Calcium Carbonate. For more information, visit the IMA REACH Hub or the website of the European Chemical Agency (http://echa.europa.eu).
Biodiversity is the variety of all life and natural processes on Earth, including diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems. While mineral raw materials play a vital and valuable role in human wellbeing providing products that meet the needs of today's society, the way they are extracted from the earth has a potential impact on biodiversity.
Calcium carbonate producers are aware of this and of their responsibility to support biodiversity and are actively working towards its conservation and enhancement. At many sites, conserving biodiversity is part of the decision-making process and a foundation of land-restoration and water management policy. Biodiversity is taken into account before, during and after extraction and, in some cases its successful management has led to the creation of new natural habitats. Many quarry operators solicit the help of biodiversity specialists and work in partnership with government, communities and other stakeholders on biodiversity.
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