CRH Environmental Policy

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CRH at a glance / Corporate Social Responsibility

Environment & Climate Change
Environmental Protection is a CRH priority in all operations CRH is committed to the highest standards of environmental management in all its activities and is proactively addressing the challenges of climate change. This section describes the Group’s Environmental Policy and how it is implemented. It also describes how environmental performance is systematically reviewed and reported each year. CRH’s responses to the challenges of climate change in cement and other activities are addressed and detailed environmental performance data from across the Group is presented and reviewed.

CRH at a glance / Corporate Social Responsibility
Environment / Corporate Social Responsibility

Environmental Policy
Policy
The CRH Environmental Policy, applied across all Group companies, is to:



Comply, at a minimum, with all applicable environmental legislation and continually improve our environmental stewardship towards industry best practice.



Ensure that our employees and contractors respect their environmental responsibilities.



Proactively address the challenges and opportunities of climate change.



Optimise our use of energy and resources through efficiency gains and recycling.



Promote environmentally-driven product and process innovation and new business opportunities.



Be good neighbours in the many communities in which we operate.

Implementation
Company and plant managers throughout CRH are responsible for implementing the environmental policy and achieving its objectives. This line responsibility continues right up through Company Managing Directors to Divisional Managing Directors, the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Executive Officer and ultimately to the CRH Board. Line managers in each Group company are assisted by a designated Environmental Liaison Officer (ELO). The ELOs (255 in CRH in 2009) are required to be familiar with all relevant environmental legislation, and to advise line managers how to achieve compliance and excellence in environmental management. The reduced number of ELOs in 2009, (289 in 2008) is due to rationalisation of reporting structures in line with company reorganisation within Divisions. In each region, the ELOs network with each other and the Group Technical Advisor and his team in the sharing of environmental best practice. Acquisitions are systematically integrated into the ELO network as soon as is practicable, generally within 6 months. Companies are required to have an appropriate environmental management system, the scope of which will depend on the type of operating activity concerned and the specific demands of the local permitting regime. In its higher potential impact activities, 80% of CRH’s subsidiary cement plants are now certified to ISO 14001, while the total number of Group locations with this certification is now 473. It should be noted that ISO Environmental Certification is not common in industrial operations in the USA.

HK Contractors, Rocky Mountain Division, Oldcastle Materials, USA, completing a paving contract for the Federal Highway Administration in Glacier National Park in Montana.

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Environment / Corporate Social Responsibility

Annual Review Process
At each year-end, the ELOs assist the Group Technical Advisor and his team

2009 amounted to €259k, reflecting a number of minor incidents, none

in carrying out a detailed assessment of environmental performance

of which caused significant environmental damage. In addition, 107

in all Group companies. Every Group company is required to complete

Group companies were satisfactorily externally audited during 2009.

and submit a detailed environmental questionnaire by mid-January, and by mid-March a comprehensive report is submitted to and reviewed

The environmental review process ensures environmental risks are being

by the CRH Board.

managed...
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