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Our Sustainability Programme is structured into nine focus areas consisting of 27 material aspects and focusing on the impacts of our operations from environmental, social and economic perspectives. Each area contains dedicated management commitments, long-term goals and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which are also linked to our Management System. The Sustainability Programme and management commitments were reviewed by the Management Team against the renewed strategy at the beginning of 2020.
Sustainability is at the very core of Nordkalk’s new strategy
Our vision is to become the leading limestone player focused on sustainable solutions. In practice, this means that we actively develop new products and solutions to support our customers in their sustainability efforts, i.e. focus on limestone-based solutions that help our customers reduce their environmental impact.
We increase our engagement in circular solutions and strive for total utilisation of all extracted material with a 100% material efficiency target. At the same time, we focus on reducing the harmful impacts of our operations, i.e. emissions caused by processing limestone to quicklime and hydrated lime products and the extraction of minerals from the ground.
Since our future success lies in the continuing commitment of our people, we want to take good care of our personnel and make sure they can do their work safely every day. Safety is our first priority and our ultimate target is zero accidents.
To ensure the profitable growth of our business, we constantly develop our limestone reserves for the future and continue with the operational excellence programme based on continuous improvements.
100% material efficiency target exceeded
During 2019, we continued our energy efficiency actions under the performance improvement programme and managed to exceed our annual target. We continued our journey towards fossil-free operations by increasing the use of biofuels and participating in research projects that focus on reducing the carbon footprint of the industry.
We aim to use all the materials we extract and all side streams generated in our processes. In 2019, we managed to exceed our long-term goal of 100% material efficiency because stone from heaps was used in large quantities.
Occupational safety developed in the right direction and the work-related accident rate (LTA1 = number of accidents per million working hours) improved by 22% to 6.9 (8.9 in 2018).
In 2019, we extracted 13 million tonnes of limestone. This represents less than 5% of the company’s total reserves, which we aim to secure for a minimum of 20 years per site.
Hanne Mäkelä, Chief Communications and Brand Officer, tel. +358 50 3858670.
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.