Natural Environment

At CEMEX, we defend the intrinsic value of nature and recognise the importance of conserving biodiversity and ecosystems to foster sustainable development.

We provide solutions to the EU with regard to its circular economy goals. We are committed to conducting our operations sustainably and serving as a responsible steward of the land we manage.

CEMEX will support EU policies having a net positive impact on biodiversity and the circular economy, such as:

Ensuring consistent implementation of the Waste directives in the Member States
Setting up an ambitious post-2020 EU Biodiversity Policy, aligned with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity
Promoting efficient sorting and collecting of Construction and Demolition Waste and build trust on materials sources from them
Set up more ambitious landfill restrictions and taxes to foster the use of more advanced waste treatment methods

CEMEX – BirdLife New Proximity Study

The CEMEX-BirdLife International Scoping Study has enabled us to adopt a productive strategy for managing biodiversity issues, including the development of a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Standard and a Corporate Guideline on Biodiversity Management. The convergence of several factors during the last decade led us to launch a new Scoping Study in partnership with BirdLife to account for changes in CEMEX’s portfolio, evolving regulations, and CEMEX’s commitment to Net Positive Impact on Biodiversity.

As a result, in 2020 CEMEX and BirdLife defined a new Biodiversity Proximity Study to identify CEMEX’s biodiversity-related priorities for the coming years. The study will be carried out during the first quarter of 2021 and calculates proximity to high conservation value areas using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool. This tool results from a partnership between BirdLife International, Conservation International, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. The study will analyze over 400 of our cement and aggregates sites worldwide. The findings of this assessment provide a scientific basis by which to identify CEMEX’s biodiversity-related priorities for the coming years for developing a sound biodiversity risk management program and to design activities to support the company’s sustainability strategy for 2030.

Our latest activities

Our commitment to the natural environment is longstanding. We have consistently supported principles of a Circular Economy.

In 2007, CEMEX and BirdLife International began a global partnership. CEMEX Europe has also established several strong connections with nature conservation organisations, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSBP) in the UK, the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) in France and the Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO) in Spain.


CEMEX is implementing biodiversity action plans (BAPs) across all its European quarries.