2015 Corporate Responsibility report

Environmental
Resilience

The cement industry requires unique infrastructures and access to natural raw materials and energy sources. These requirements pose significant environmental challenges and the global cement industry is working towards meeting these challenges by striving to achieve constant improvements and creating a sustainable industry.

As of 2004 the company has publishes data in its corporate responsibility reports on the main pollutants emitted by the cement industry. Nesher was one of the first companies to report greenhouse gas emissions to the Environmental Protection Ministry and was the first company in the country that issues Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).

Nesher operates advanced systems for reduction and control of emissions to the air. The Company has completed most of the process required by the Clean Air Act, and was in compliance with most of the requirements of the law even before regulation deadlines.

The company reports all its emissions and transfers resulting from its activity in accordance with the Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) law, effective since 2012. The PRTR Law requires quantitative reports on main pollutants as well as quantity comparisons over the years.

The company participates in international initiatives aimed at promoting the development of sustainable resources, such as the voluntary mechanism for reporting and reduction of greenhouse gases and, until recently, under CRH, in the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), a project lead by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI)
CSI is a global organization of the 24 major cement manufacturers worldwide, whose aim is to provide cement companies with a framework for social and environmental involvement. The organization also explores the ways sustainable development comes into play in cement companies, and identifies the actions and steps that these companies, as a group and individually, should take in order to accelerate their progress towards sustainable development.The organization has identified the major environmental and social issues relevant for the cement industry and developed a program that includes recommendations for monitoring and improvement in these areas.Nesher complies with the CSI guidelines regarding monitoring of pollutant emissions by the cement industry.
As members of the organization, the cement companies are committed to use tools, protocols and guidelines developed by the CSI, such as accurate, uniform reporting of Carbon Dioxide levels, sustainable resource management, use of dedicated protocols for monitoring air pollutants, investigating local effects, and reduction of water consumption. Moreover, members of the CSI are required to set environmental goals and report the action taken in order to achieve these targets and goals.
Following the sale of Nesher by CRH at the end of 2015, Nesher is no longer formally a member of CSI. Nevertheless, the Company examines its performance and environmental conduct in line with the goals and the environmental and social excellence as outlined by the CSI.

Financial investments in environmental protection

Nesher’s commitment to environmental issues is expressed, among other things, through substantial financial investment. The Company invests in development and in ongoing maintenance, monitoring, emission prevention, clean-up and environmental technologies. The advanced environmental regulation and additional voluntary commitments made by Nesher in the environmental protection area require annual investments and ongoing costs amounting to millions of NIS. The total cost incurred by Nesher for prevention or mitigation of environmental impact in 2015 amounted to more than 47 NIS million.

Financial investments in environmental protection

NIS Million
  • 2005
    10.6
  • 2006
    10.9
  • 2007
    7.9
  • 2008
    6.1
  • 2009
    9.4
  • 2010
    21
  • 2011
    25.9
  • 2012
    40
  • 2013
    31.2
  • 2014
    48.7
  • 2015
    47.2
    • 0M
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    • 20M
    • 30M
    • 40M
    • 50M
  • Expenses
  • Investments