We are committed to minimising the environmental and social impacts of transport for the manufacture of cement
To achieve this, we maximise the usage of on-site raw materials. In addition we substitute finite materials for indigenous ‘greener’ alternatives, thus lowering the environmental impact on natural resources. This strategy is accomplished without compromising the strict quality requirements which are in place for all of our products
The movement of raw materials around the manufacturing site is managed responsibly and the principals of our Good Neighbours Policy are also implemented to minimise in particular any potential dust or noise nuisance to the local community.
Lagan Cement has implemented strict requirements for hauliers in relation to vehicle maintenance and compliance with road traffic regulations. Our Good Neighbour Policy also directs that the use of particular haulage routes are avoided to eliminate any potential disturbance to our local neighbours.
CEM II Cement is a blended limestone cement which is made from locally produced limestone and ‘lower carbon’ clinker, as regulated under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. (EU ETS).
CEM II cements were first launched in 2006 and continue to replace the more traditional CEM I type cements in the Irish Marketplace and are increasingly recognised as the most ‘Sustainable’ cement of choice by the specifying community in Ireland.
Among the key reasons why CEM II cement types are considered the most sustainable in an Irish context are ;
All raw materials are sourced locally, which is consistent with EU best practice of maximising local resources in a region.
Abundant reserve of limestone ensures excellent security of supply and self-sufficiency for our customers.
Lagan Cement Ltd CEM II products have achieved up to 33% reduction in carbon per tonne of cement produced, relative to the Y 2005 base-line CEM I figures.
The environmental benefits of producing a low carbon CEM II clinker in synergy with societal waste management needs are realised, namely ;
Reduced requirement for land-filling, in line with EU environmental requirements.
Avoidance of ‘incinerator-type’ ash production, that would require further disposal.
Avoids methane production from land-filling waste streams.
Utilises existing IPPC compliant cement manufacturing infrastructure.
Biodiversity is a term used to describe the variety of life on earth, their genetic make-up and their natural habitats. In order to determine the biodiversity of wildlife on the Lagan Cement 750 acre site, much of which has been undisturbed for the past decade, a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) was conducted in 2009.
This mapped the wildlife and habitat types on site and established a baseline. From this, actions were devised in order to protect or enhance existing features and create opportunities for new species or habitats.
Every year many schools visit and benefit from the educational ‘first-hand’ opportunity to see nature at its best.
The actions were set out over a 5 year period up to 2013. Some of these include:
• Protect and develop diverse habitats such as pond, rock faces, sand pits, scrubland and hedgerows.
• Encourage and protect a wide and increasing range of wildlife.
• To develop a ‘biodiversity walk’ to allow both habitats and wildlife to become accessible to visitors to the site.
• Implement an extensive tree planting programme.
One of the main successes from the action plan was the development of the biodiversity walk. This was completed in 2010 to mark the International Year of Biodiversity. The walk encompasses our hare habitat, wetland habitat, protected treeline, sand martin habitat and our lake type habitat. To assist visitors on the biodiversity walk, information signage detailing the key habitats and ecosystems were erected at the appropriate locations. In addition, a dedicated 3 acre site was also planted with plants specifically selected to encourage bees and butterflies.
Wildlife spotted living on or around the site at Lagan include; housemartins, swallows, bats, kestrels, stoats, snipe, hedgehogs, pheasants, coots, frogs, rabbits, newts, hare, mallard ducks, herons, badgers, mute swans, peregrine falcons and kingfishers.
Lagan Cement’s Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) licence has been renewed a number of times to keep pace with the highly proactive Sustainability Program which the Company is committed to continuing to implement.
As a result Lagan Cement's IPPC licence is up to date with the most stringent requirements in keeping with absolute best practice at European level for ;
Emission Limit Values for all emissions such as Air, Noise and Water. Best Available Technology (BAT) in use.
In addition to this licence, Lagan Cement have obtained both the ISO14001 Environmental Management System standard and the BES6001 Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products standard
Lagan Cement also holds a Greenhouse Gas Licence (GHG) as directed under the EU Emissions Trading Directive (EUETS). Under this ‘cap and trade’ scheme, full annual independant verification of all carbon emissions are accounted for and submitted to a central Registry and failure to sufficiently abate carbon on an annual basis results in a requirement to purchase equivalent carbon credits. Lagan Cement’s Sustainablity Program remains on track to insuring the increasingly difficult obligations under (EUETS) are met going forward.