About Lafarge

Environment and Sustainability

Our Vision

At Lafarge responsible environmental management is central to our success as a leading aggregate mining company and we seek to continually improve our performance.

Environmental Management Systems at our operations help us achieve our goals of protection and stewardship.

Performance indicators help us measure how well we have done. We take a precautionary approach throughout the life of a site by assessing potential impacts and evaluating how to avoid, mitigate or control these impacts.

Biodiversity

As part of our worldwide Sustainability Ambitions the Lafarge Fonthill site in the final stages of a voluntary Biodiversity Plan that will be incorporated into our site operations. At Fonthill several restoration and enhancement initiatives are proposed for the purpose of increasing the ecological functions on site by connecting the different potential habitats. Specifically: the Fonthill plan may include rehabilitation of forest, created tender fruit and transitional meadow land, bank swallow habitat and upland terrestrial habitat.

Air Emissions Management

Dust is the most common air emission at aggregate mining operations. We suppress dust emissions from roads, crushers and conveyor belt systems through the application of water to roads, the operation of mist sprays and dust collection systems at point sources. At Lafarge Fonthill, we have implemented a Fugitive Dust Best Management Plan that includes proactive dust mitigation as well as fugitive dust management.

In 2012, a conveyor system was installed at the site to mitigate the use of haul trucks within the site footprint and therefore minimizes the creation of road dust at the site.

Rehabilitation

Land disturbance is a consequence of active aggregate mining. Our aim is to minimize our footprint, mitigate our impacts and, once aggregate mining is finished to leave behind land that will support productive future use. Careful planning during development and operations helps to reduce the area affected by site activities, as well as the environmental effects of disturbance. An important element of our environmental management approach is the development of rehabilitation plans as a part of initial project planning and design to ensure that environmental impacts are effectively addressed.

During operations at Fonthill, whenever possible, disturbed areas are contoured and vegetated after they are no longer required for active mining.