Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 1

Lafarge Cement UK's Licence to Operate


  LCUK continues to make strong progress in its environmental performance. The company last year gained the first multi-site corporate Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) registration in Europe. This followed on from pioneering work with the previous standards, BS7750, ISO14001 and single site EMAS registration.

  LCUK satisfies the EMAS requirements to operate to the highest standard and engage stakeholders on its performance. This includes: operating Environmental Management Systems, targeting continuous improvement in environmental performance and producing an annual Environmental Statement.


  Our stakeholders grant our "licence to operate" and LCUK is committed to regular, open engagement as part of its normal operations. The local communities around the factories are the key stakeholders when new fuels or raw materials are introduced. LCUK enhances and increases dialogue about key licence to operate developments such as this to ensure they have access to enough information about the plans and progress.

  The methods of communications LCUK uses include:

    —  Environmental Stakeholders Group meeting

    —  Newsletters updating the community on plans and progress

    —  Open Door-members of the community can phone and request a meeting or site visit at any time

    —  Formal Open Days-to allow communities to see the factory in operation and (where applicable) fuels trials taking place

    —  Liaison committees-to provide a forum for regular dialogue between the company and representatives of the local community

    —  Weekly reports on the progress of trials

    —  Regular dialogue with local and nationally elected representatives

    —  Ongoing contact and co-operation with regulatory authorities

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