Solvay sites that cover large areas or have quarries and settling ponds carry out plans that include large-scale management and rehabilitation actions. The group managed over 3,700 ha as green natural areas in 2016, efforts that involved rehabilitation, replanting, and so on. Solvay strives to reduce the potential impact on biodiversity that may result from its operations or the use of its products.

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Management of natural areas

Solvay is committed to reducing the possible impact on biodiversity that might result from its operations or the use of its products. As regards operations, Solvay’s strategy is to continue reducing all impacts that could affect biodiversity (air and water emissions, water withdrawals) and to manage natural areas around its sites with the objective of developing biodiversity.

Sites that cover large areas or have quarries and settling ponds develop tailored plans that include large-scale management and rehabilitation programs. In particular, for several decades now, Solvay has been working continuously on the rehabilitation of limestone quarries and settling ponds (for mineral residues) after shutdown.

Solvay owns and maintains large natural areas that are largely protected from housing or road development. The sites in question manage these areas in a way that protects biodiversity,. with the ultimate goal of having the rehabilitated areas recognized and protected as nature reserves.

Natural areas managed by Solvay

 

 

2016

 

2015

Sites with significant natural areas (>2ha)

 

37

 

30

Natural areas

 

5,400 ha

 

4,020

Surface managed as "natural area" (rehabilitation, replanting, etc.)

 

3,780 ha

 

2,160

Nature rehabilitation programs

Around 4,000 ha of land are being managed, and often replanted with trees. Some of these rehabilitated areas are recognized as nature reserves for their protection. In addition, Solvay owns and maintains natural land around its sites, where biodiversity is most often protected from housing or road development, and this land acts as a natural buffer.