The ACMP commits to transparent reporting of key environmental indicators and providing a sound knowledge management platform to members and relevant stakeholders with regards to environmental best practice.

The members are all committed to:

  • Continuously improve and promote environmental best practice;
  • Pollution prevention;
  • Continuously reviewing environmental impacts in order to minimise environmental degradation;
  • Comply with environmental legislation and other requirements to which the ACMP subscribes;
  • Implement effective waste and energy management principles;
  • Utilisation of all resources in an optimal and responsible manner.

This environmental policy demonstrates our members commitment to environmental stewardship.


ACMP recognises the importance of stakeholder consultation in the following aspects: Water, Environment, Climate Change, and Air quality, therefore we commit to:

  • Engaging with relevant stakeholders and supporting the development of national initiatives to manage Greenhouse gases;
  • Actively participate in discussions and forums on the responsible use of water and enabling regulation and legislation.


The Cement industry as an energy-intensive sector recognises both the national energy constraints as well as the relationship between its own energy consumption and carbon footprint.

The members of the ACMP commit to long-term sustainability and the prosperity of all stakeholders by:

  • Continuously improving the understanding of the relationship between energy consumption operational efficiency and carbon footprint;
  • Implementing management systems that will enable ACMP members to benchmark, measure and optimise energy performance;
  • The use of alternative energy sources as key to thermal and electrical energy supply strategies;
  • This environmental policy demonstrates our member’s commitment to environmental stewardship.


All members of the ACMP recognize that climate change poses a real global threat to sustainable development that requires a global response. An effective global solution requires action from all countries that must be aligned with agreed global and national objectives. As a result all ACMP members aim to pro-actively adopt and/or develop mitigation and adaptation strategies to manage greenhouse gas emissions while incorporating national development goals.

ACMP members will achieve this objective by:

  • Reporting and monitoring of CO2 emissions from the local cement manufacturing sector using globally accepted reporting protocols;
  • Establishing business and operational plans to manage CO2 emitted;
  • Establishing sector specific benchmarks for operational efficiency;
  • Ongoing review of strategies, best practices and continuous improvement.


ACMP recognises that cement making involves the extraction of limestone from the earth through mining. This process impacts on the environment through clearing of land and impacting on the natural water bodies in the vicinity.

ACMP commits to concurrent rehabilitation of the member quarries. ACMP commits to implementation of authorization requirements i.e. approved Environmental Management Programme and authorization’s requirements.

ACMP recognizes that members must as far as it is reasonably practicable rehabilitate the environment affected by the prospecting or mining operations to its natural or predetermined state or to a land use which conforms to the generally accepted principle of sustainable development.


ACMP recognises that South Africa is a water scarce country and therefore commits that members will implement an effective program for the responsible use of water, and the protection of our water resources, in accordance with the following key principles:

  • Water consumption is identified and monitored;
  • Water consumption is minimised as much as is practicable, aligned to business needs;
  • Long-term targets are established for reductions in water consumption;
  • Where feasible we give preference to the reuse and recycling of water and harvesting of storm water over the use of treated potable water;
  • We recognise the importance of long-term security and planning of water resources.


The cement making process is energy and material intensive. Traditionally, fossil fuels and natural raw materials have been used to make clinker, the main ingredient in cement. To operate their businesses in a more environmentally, economically and socially beneficial way, the undersigned members of the ACMP are increasingly using “Secondary Materials “or “Alternative Fuels and Resources” (AFR) that are non-traditional for clinker and cement production. These Secondary materials or AFR allow for the recovery of both energy and material from selected by-products thus conserving non-renewable natural sources. To achieve these benefits in a responsible way, the members of the ACMP will apply this policy. Its purpose is to govern their behaviour when using these Secondary Materials (AFR).

Principle I: When using AFR we strive to ensure occupational health & safety

a) We will provide data sheets, equipment, training, controls, procedures, health monitoring, facility design, emergency response planning, and other precautionary measures to ensure the health & safety of all our employees and the communities we operate in.

b) We will provide relevant safety information to our sub-contractors and visitors to our premises.

Principle II: When using AFR we strive to keep our environment safe

a) Our use of AFR must contribute to the preservation of natural resources, and to the reduction of the global environmental impact.

b) We will not increase the overall impact of our emissions beyond that due to the use of traditional natural resources.

c) We will not control volatile heavy metals.

d) We will ensure that our effluents do not degrade the water quality.

e) Storage and handling of AFR will be done in a manner to prevent spillage, leaching, fugitive dust, volatiles, odours, and noise.

Principle III: When using AFR we will refuse the listed “banned wastes”

Anatomical Hospital Waste / Asbestos-containing Wastes / Bio-Hazardous Wastes / Electronic Scrap / Entire Batteries / Explosives / High-concentration Cyanide Wastes / Mineral Acids / Radioactive Wastes / Unsorted Municipal Garbage.

The signatories of this document will refuse the aforementioned wastes as AFR for one or more of the following reasons: health & safety issues; to promote adherence to the waste management hierarchy; other treatment options or processes must be used.

Principle IV: When using AFR we will guarantee the quality of our products

a) We will ensure that our product quality remains within specifications.

Principle V: When using AFR we will act as a partner offering waste management solutions to society

a) We will take the initiative, when appropriate, to cooperate with the authorities to develop environmentally, economically and socially sound waste-management solutions.

b) When using waste that do not contribute either energy or material, their disposal in our cement kilns must be the best available South African solution.

Principle VI: When using AFR we will comply with the relevant regulations and promote best practices

a) We will obtain permits and will comply with their conditions.

b) We will promote best practices and EU standards even where local regulations od not exist.

c) We will assess the health & safety and environmental risks prior to using AFR, even where the regulations or authorities do not request it.

Principle VII: When using AFR we will communicate transparently

a) We will ensure transparent communication about all relevant aspects of AFR utilisation.

b) Our message will be consistent to all stakeholders and relevant to our relationships with them.

c) We will speak with and listen to our stakeholders, from the beginning, when developing AFR initiatives.