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A priority for the Vicat Group

Quarry operations, by their very nature, have an impact on the environment. The Vicat Group works hard to reduce that impact, while developing and testing a variety of environmentally conscious practices, from improved extraction methods to the efficient processing and transporting of materials.

Blue Spring natural reserve (Ragland, Alabama)

Each quarry has unique characteristics.


The Vicat Group has acquired technologies and expertise for the re-development of all types of quarries, be they composed of rocks, water or alluvium. Vicat's quarry service team -- engineers, geologists and surveyors -- carefully study topographical, geological and chemical data collected from sites to prepare operational and re-development tasks for the quarries. These tasks are determined taking into account regulatory, technical, economic and environmental constraints relevant to each site. This work is done in consultation with local officials and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations).  


 

The Vicat Group shows respect for the environment in each operation and every project throughout the lifespan of the quarry, beginning with site selection and feasibility studies up to post-operation restitution as agricultural or re-forestation land, a water body or a natural habitat. 

Administrative procedures, including requests for initiating new development projects, are considered in close cooperation with local officials, residents and nature groups. The goal is to protect or enhance environmental components. In some cases, preserving the landscape requires the use of the sophisticated technologies.  

Blue Spring natural reserve (Ragland, Alabama)

While ensuring the provision of material supplies for production units, this policy allows the Group to maintain its commitment to the preservation -- indeed the enrichment -- of habitats that create a true bio-diversity.  

The decision regarding the final use of lands required for materials extraction is made in consultation with all the parties concerned, while doing everything possible to satisfy the expectations of local communities. In accordance with each country's requirements, the land is evaluated thoroughly to ensure all stakeholders, including the environment, are respected.


These land studies may lead to:

  • adapting local landscaping principles (ex: Switzerland)
  • planting plant species suitable for biofuel usage in uncultivated areas (ex: Senegal)
  • re-forestation (ex: Turkey)
  • working to transform sites for community use, such as truck farming in Senegal, or the protection of rare and endangered flora and fauna, as Vicat did in the Ragland Natural Reserve in Alabama

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Plantations in the Bastas plant (Turkey)

Plantations in the Bastas plant (Turkey)

Ongoing re-development in the Tscharner quarry (Switzerland)

Ongoing re-development in the Tscharner quarry (Switzerland)

Natura zone 2000 in Xeuilley quarry (Meurthe-et-Moselle, France)

Natura zone 2000 in the Xeuilley quarry (Meurthe-et-Moselle, France)