in a responsible manner
Access to raw materials is at the heart of Nordkalk’s operations. Prospecting – searching for new reserves – is continuous work, in order to secure stone reserves for generations to come.
Nordkalk has mines at 21 locations in five countries (see our locations per country here). The deposits represent different geological periods, varying in age from 180 million years to 1900 million years. This results in the stone having a variety of physical and chemical characteristics, enabling Nordkalk to offer the most suitable quality for each application.
Nordkalk extracts more than 13 million tonnes of stone yearly. It represents a small percentage of known reserves, but new ones need to be secured in the long term. A local limestone supply is necessary, because so many industries and environmental applications depend on it. Bringing in limestone from far away would be expensive and cause unnecessary emissions, and could lead to a retreat of industries from the Nordic countries.
Mining is strictly regulated, and the permit process can easily take several years. Permit applications involve extensive environmental studies to guarantee that negative impacts on the environment are kept to a minimum.
One aspect of opening a new mine, or the expanding operations, is the social acceptance of the plan. Prior to filing a permit application, Nordkalk organises meetings with the community, neighbours and authorities in order to address people’s concerns and to take them into account .
Despite the clear benefits of the products - the absolute need for limestone - and protective environmental measures during operations, social acceptance is not easily gained. On the island of Gotland, Nordkalk has been preparing to open a new quarry since 2006.
Mining is strictly regulated
by laws that have to do with
- environmental and nature protection
- land use
- occupational safety
- use of chemicals
- environmental impact assessments.
Nordkalk is the leading limestone company in Northern Europe. We deliver essential raw materials to numerous industries, and our solutions contribute to clean air and water as well as productivity of agricultural land.