Initiatives in the field

Three-way dialogue at Croix Gibat

The operating permit for the Croix-Gibat quarry was due to expire. The town council was anxious to maintain jobs and keep a business going that clearly met local demand for its products. However, it was not prepared to do so if the environmental or social price was too high to pay. The local residents’ organization was hoping for a return to a better quality of life without the quarry. The quarry operator had said it would not be looking to extend operations. And yet nonetheless...

It was at this point that a three-way dialogue was established – would it be possible to continue quarry operations and still satisfy everyone? During a number of meetings and discussions, a great deal of listening and the shared desire of all parties to find a solution made it possible to overcome the various obstacles, combined of course with the answers provided and the commitments made in writing by Hélary Granulats.

Demands were made by the town council and local residents on issues such as environmental protection, regulations and commitments regarding both operation and rehabilitation. The local council has had a strong environmental commitment for many years. It organizes year-round events involving waste, water, air quality, transport, biodiversity, reforestation, etc., and for the last thirteen years has taken part in France’s “National Environment Days”.

In 2007, during “National Sustainable Development Week”, Hélary Granulats and the town of Trégueux decided to compete in a sustainable development awards event organized by the region of Brittany and ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency. The competition entry corresponded fully to the 3 pillars (social, economic, environmental) concept of Sustainable Development, which makes is possible to satisfy the needs of current generations without endangering the ability of future generations to do the same. In the current context of systematic rejection by the community of any project that might give rise to nuisance, and the highly sensitive Croix-Gibat site which includes the Urne River valley and a fairly built-up surrounding area, obtaining an extension of the operating license was a considerable challenge. A point that was not lost on the judges!

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