Leveraging public policy and incentives
We believe businesses have an active role to play in providing solutions for nature. Nevertheless, public policies are key to accelerate actions in this decade to reverse nature loss. For biodiversity, we support the establishment of mandatory rehabilitation requirements in all countries. Those requirements should encourage ecosystem restoration including: high-diversity fauna and flora, restoration based on endemic species, continuity with neighboring natural landscapes and spaces, and progressive rehabilitation, i.e. rehabilitation taking place simultaneously with extraction work. Incentives can facilitate the protection of endangered species, particularly in biodiversity sensitive areas. For a greater impact on freshwater reduction, government mandates and incentives are necessary to promote investment in technologies for rain harvesting, optimization of water use in processes, and affordable low-carbon energy desalination.
Our mandatory Water Directive sets the rules for managing water in a responsible and sustainable manner. It includes aspects of legal compliance, establishing operational water footprint, risk assessment and stakeholder engagement. In biodiversity, a mandatory Quarry Rehabilitation and Biodiversity Directive sets the framework to manage risks, as well as measures to protect and enhance biodiversity.
Holcim launched also its first Nature Policy with the main purpose to set out the company’s objective to protect and restore water and biodiversity.
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