Biodiversity Day: Lafarge’s commitment to preserve biodiversity from climate change impacts

Climate change impacts directly on ecosystems which will be more and more threatened in the years to come. On Biodiversity Day, find out more about what Lafarge is doing to sustainably preserve biodiversity from the negative impacts of climate change.

05.22.2015
 

Biodiversity is strongly impacted by climate change

Biodiversity is essential for all of us. It provides most of our food, fuel, fiber and medicine, while also helping provide clean water, stabilize soils, pollinate crops… Unfortunately, biodiversity has been declining massively across most of the world due to the effects of climate change:

  • Habitats are changing due to higher CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere and increasing temperatures and rainfall. Animal metabolism and development are strongly impacted, as well as the composition of plant species and photosynthesis mechanisms.
  • Fauna and flora are declining at a faster pace than their natural rate: some species won’t manage to adapt to climate change. Their lifecycle is disturbed (getting longer or shorter) and staggered.
  • Invasive species are spreading making native species conservation and restoration challenging.
  • Plants and animals are migrating towards suitable locations due to temperature changes.

 

Lafarge’s commitments to preserve biodiversity

La Couronne rehabilitated quarry, France

Lafarge’s activities can have significant impacts - both positive and negative - on biodiversity. For this reason, we have been a pioneer in the assessment and restoration of biodiversity at our quarries for many years and are committed to work closely with our local stakeholders and biodiversity specialists. Because biodiversity can enable us to mitigate the effects of climate change – reforestation can for instance help reduce greenhouse gas emissions – we take actions to manage it sustainably:

  • We are committed not to create new sites in protected areas (with World Heritage, IUCN I or IUCN III sites).
  • We rehabilitate degraded ecosystems or, where appropriate, recreate original ecosystems through quarry rehabilitation.
  • We provide ecosystem services to local communities such as forested or grassland areas which capture CO2 and reduce the risk of flooding and mudslides, and new habitats which attract nature.
  • We incorporate biodiversity to cities turning roofs and walls into green structures.
  • We are involved in educative initiatives, as well as volunteering actions to raise public awareness on biodiversity challenges and the impacts of climate change.