At Cosentino Group, we are committed to protecting biodiversity and flora to generate value for our workers and for all the communities where we operate. With this objective, we developed the Green Belt in our Cantoria Industrial Park (Almería, Spain): a landscape project that surrounds all of our facilities. The objective is to have a green perimeter around the entire industrial park and other areas, so as to preserve the native flora, and to create a natural barrier against dust emissions from the outside or even against possible fires.
The project has already completed phases 1 to 4, with approximately 140,000m2 having been realised to date. Consequently, only the last phase remains. This is being modified so as to adapt it to the configuration of the future industrial park’s expansion. We have managed to complete 71% of the entire Green Belt Project, in addition to 42,900m2 more in common spaces. This Green Belt is a fundamental element of the integration of the industrial park into the region and the landscape.
We maintain three fundamental ground rules for restoration actions:
→ Use of native species.
→ Species with minimum water needs to reduce water consumption as much as possible.
→ Low need for maintenance, to reduce the associated energy consumption, as well as replacement of species.
→ In addition, it allows the creation of a vegetation barrier that helps mitigate the effect of the wind, minimising the suspended dust that could be extended to the park from nearby areas and improve the response to any possible fires.
None of Cosentino®’s industrial park facilities are located in an area where there are nearby protected habitats or sites of special environmental interest.