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Respecting the environment

Respecting the environment

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Aware that encouraging the loyalty of our workforce enables us to develop talent, we endeavor to give our employees job stability: 94% of our staff are on open-term contracts. To provide our employees with career opportunities within Vicat, we also provide training and give preference to internal promotion. In the rural and 'peripheral' communities where we work, we are recognized as an enduring, inclusive employer.

contenu engagement

26.5%

the proportion of alternative fuels used in our cement plants in 2019

Close to 80%

of the water required to wash aggregate is from recycling systems installed in our quarries

30%

of our quarry sites have a natural restoration plan

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Le Capo Cinto dans le port Lympia de Nice
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Loïc Bisoli

Our research for reducing Vicat's carbon footprint

Several actions have been carried out under our low-carbon roadmap aimed at reducing our carbon footprint:

  • implementation of new, less energy intensive organizational methods,
  • integration or development of new technologies derived from our research and development, such as the gasifier at the Créchy cement plant or the Lynx e-hauler developed in Switzerland,
  • better use of our materials for the construction of housing or transport infrastructures.

We have also joined Shift Project, a French body specializing in energy transition.

Carrière de Saint-Jean-Le-Vieux
Christian Pedrotti et Thierry Chenu

Preserving biodiversity in our quarries

Because our business activities, especially in quarries, place on our shoulders a burden of responsibility with respect to biodiversity, we have taken a stand in favor of natural balances.

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Jardinières Odyssée
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Vicat

Consequently we strive to:

  • Minimize the effects quarrying has on natural surroundings,
  • Create new habitats favoring the establishment of different species, whether during the quarrying phase or subsequently.

We are accustomed to working in these fields with a number of stakeholders, e.g. local authorities, nature associations,  hunters’, anglers’, and farmers’ federations.

Vicat is a member of the Natural Capital Accounting workshop of the Business and Biodiversity platform stemming from the European Union’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020.

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Through the Odyssée program in France we aim to provide wild bees and other pollinators with optimum living and breeding conditions in our quarries and at our batching plants and  cement plants. In 2018 work performed under the program result in:

  • Planting of a second conservation orchard of 43 trees on a 3,500-m² site in France, in conjunction with association Les Croqueurs de Pommes,
  • Installation in quarries and at batching plants of 15 concrete ‘bug-hotel’ planters where wild bees can nest.

What is the next project? Use of a new concrete to make these planters; trials with France’s national institute for agricultural research (INRA) are under way.

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06/07/2020

From waste to product: Terenvie, cornerstone of circular cement in the community

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Two years after the agreement to create it, the Terenvie platform, which has been operating since June 2019, is seeing business grow day by day.

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06/07/2020

Vicat fine tunes its contribution to European SeRaMCo project

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The European Union’s SeRaMCo project got off the ground in 2017. It is aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the construction sector by finding beneficial uses for inert waste from demolition sites. Between engagement and innovation, the Vicat group’s contribution to the project, which is due to end in 2020, is reaching a successful conclusion.

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21/11/2019

“Through their eyes”, stepping into the world of the Vicat group

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Over the years Vicat has built up exceptional know-how in the quarrying and processing of aggregate used for all kinds of projects.

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04/06/2019

Vicat’s concrete 3D ink buoys up marine biodiversity

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Thirty-two biomimetic artificial reef modules designed jointly by Seaboost and XtreeE and 3D-printed with Vicat’s concrete ink were submerged just off the coast near the town of Agde, on the Mediterranean, on 27 and 28 May, 2019. They serve to cordon off the foreshore and provide a new habitat for local marine species.