Lafarge to sponsor biodiversity conference
First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
Lafarge UK has confirmed that it is to be the lead sponsor of the first Business of Biodiversity Conference which is due to be held at Excel in London, UK on 13 July. The symposium is partnered by DEFRA and the Department for Business Innovations and Skills.
As part of the conference, Lafarge UK will be hosting the official pre-event site visit, on the 12 July, at its Panshanger Estate in Hertfordshire. This site visit will enable delegates attending the symposium, along with other invited guests, to tour the estate and see a ‘live’ example of business contributing to enhancing biodiversity at this operational quarry set in a Grade II* Listed landscape.
Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete managing director Robert Whetstone said, “Our Panshanger Estate is a fantastic example of the contribution business can make to meeting the challenge of enhancing biodiversity whilst meeting the challenges of a modern, growing society.
“We have achieved this by working closely with a range of wildlife groups, conservation organisations & through employing our own full-time experts who dedicate time and resource to understanding our natural environment, managing our natural environment and carefully planning, over the long-term, to create new, diverse and natural habitats.”
Leading expert speakers who will address attendees at the symposium include the UK Secretary of State for the Environment; Johan Eliasch, Chairman of The Head Group; Pavan Sukhdev, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Study Leader: Tom Albanese, CEO, Rio Tinto; Malcolm Preston, CEO PWC Sustainability & Climate Change; Ladislav Miko, Nature Director at the European Commission; and Gavin Neath from Unilever, amongst many others. Delegates will also receive the opening video message address from HRH Prince Charles.