Climate change

 

CLIMATE, WATER AND NATURE

As a group we remain committed to continuously improve our environmental performance and to make a positive contribution to nature and society through the use of effective Environmental Management Systems. We are committed to conducting business consistent with sustainable development principles. There are four main pillars of our Policy for which have assigned principles to guide our progress:

  • Robust Management Systems 
  • Enviromental Impact:
    • Development and implement effective controls to monitor, minimise or prevent the release of pollutants to the environment(air, water and soil) in our operations 
    • Climate change 
    • Development and promotion of innovative and sustainable products and solutions
    • Optimizing the use energy and promoting energy efficiency, energy recovery and the use of renewable energy sources
    • Reduce the use of non-renewable resources, replacing them with substitute raw materials, alternative fuels and biomass
    • Water- minimise our impact on water
    • Quarries rehabilitation/ restoration/ reclamation
    • Biodiversity management
  • Resource utilization: through the reuse, recover and recycle waste material in own productoin processes where feasible, minize the generation of any hazardous and other waste, and dispose of waste using safe and responsible methods
  • Stakeholder Relations, Montoring and Reporting

 

 

Environmental Management System(EMS

In Kenya, we embarked on the process of developing a comprehensive and effective Environmental Management System (EMS) to manage overall environmental responsibilities and performance with the commitment of obtaining ISO 14001:2004 certification by the end of 2016. To reach this goal we have put in place a program that is managed and coordinated well, guided by our Environmental Policy, and with a roadmap that encompasses the development of operational controls, documentation and manuals. We note that this journey has been successfully undertaken in Uganda. Being a leader effective Environment management, we continuously strive to benchmark with and to achieve the highest level of conformance to not only local but Global standard practices developed, a practice  we are proud of.

 

Managing Emissions

 

Our ambitions are focused on reduction of specific CO2 emissions by 2030 vs (1990) through innovative solutions. Our investments of over Kes 800 million in the past 5 years in the upgrade of the Electrostatic Precipitators with more efficient bag filter technology, to curb stack emissions in our operations in both Kenya and Uganda, was a key milestone in our drive to be compliant to Global Environmental Standards and in line with our Ambition goals. Further to this, we consistently undertake emission monitoring within our operations and conduct regular external  air quality audits to ensure that the ambient air quality at all our operations are within the legislated limits and that requisite reports are provided to the regulator as required by law.

Bio-diversity management

Through Lafarge Eco Systems. our environmental and rehabilitation arm of the business, we remain strong in our vision to be the centre of excellence in land management, quarry rehabilitation and Bio-diversity management. Apart from the our World class Haller Park and Forest trails, we embarked on a number of projects including the greening within our opersations in Mombasa aimed at creating an ecosystem rich in biodiverstiy through the planting of indigenous trees and shrubs and fruit trees. Today this world class nature and environmental park stands as a beacon on succesful decentralization of environmental management to regional and local levels and adaptation of social responsibility.

 

One Million Tree Project

Climate change has become a major challenge in this world. Communities are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change which include changing weather pattern, rising sea level and more extreme weather events. Green house gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change and continue to rise. Without action, world average surface temperatures are projected to rise with the poorest and most vulnerable people being affected the most.

 

Tree planting is one way of ensuring a clean and secure environment because trees act as a sink to carbon monoxide of the greenhouse gases which causes global warming resulting to climate change. The one million tree project aims to increase tree cover in schools thereby promote the 10% tree cover in the country by 2030. Launched in Kilifi and Kwale counties, with an ambitious target to achieving one million trees in 5 years, to date 298,400 tree seedlings have been planted across 150 schools in Kilifi and so far we have reached 6 schools in Kwale with over 1000 seedlings distributed. Participation of communities and county administration has been a key lever.

 

The Green Initiative Challenge (GIC)- Phase II

Our commitment on sustainable environmental management also extends to development of partnerships with organization with similar ambitions. Our partnership with KenGen Foundation and Better Globe Forestry Foundation for the second phase of the Green Initiative Challenge (GIC) Program, a schools’ afforestation  project that targets schools in Embu, Machakos and Kitui counties in Kenya was launched in 2015. The Green Initiative Challenge (GIC) program is designed to encourage and enable schools to participate in environmental activities by developing small forests and woodlots within their compound for multiple benefits. Under the Kes 120 Million, 10-year program, the target is to plant a total of 460 acres with 300,000 commercial and wood fuel trees and 113,956 fruits trees in 919 new schools over that period. The objective is boost awareness and participation of school children in environmental conservation via sustainable management and harvesting of tree seedlings, provide schools with renewable source of wood fuel thereby reducing pressure on surrounding forest resources, contribute to reduction green house gases through carbon sequestration by growing woodlots, and with the aim of securing the catchment area around the hydro generation dams.

Last update on 23/01/2017