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building group eyes community issues

March 2000

Building materials group RMC has decided to give greater weight to community issues in its second UK environment report, which will appear later this year.

RMC’s international environment director Noel Morrin told EP that the report, expected in mid-2000, ‘will have a much higher community-based content’, with special attention paid to the views of people living near to RMC facilities such as quarries and landfill sites.

The UK-based group, which operates in more than 20 countries, has also decided to produce a worldwide environment report. This is expected to appear by 2002.

Morrin, a former director of Business in the Environment who was appointed last year to review the group’s environment policies, said the document would be ‘a typical Anglo-Saxon report with lots of numbers’.

He is also to carry out an 18-month long audit of RMC’s biodiversity policies, which will begin in April. This month the company will additionally submit itself to Business in the Environment’s Index of Corporate Environmental Engagement, and work will begin shortly on harmonising the company’s standards across its worldwide operation on issues such as transport use and energy efficiency.

Morrin said all these four moves had been agreed by the board. Results from a survey of opinion formers (EP6, 1999) had confirmed his view that in the medium term, the group must concentrate on unregulated issues such as energy use that have global implications, rather than on local but highly regulated problems such as dust and noise.

 




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