The extractive industry includes all economic activities aiming to extract soil aggregates such as limestone, dolomite, porphyry, sandstone, gravel and sand, clay, blue stone, marble, slate, coticule, etc and subject them to transformation.
This sector represents :
73 million tonnes of rock extracted and sold in Belgium in 2015
3500 direct employees
ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS FOR OUR SOCIETY
The uses for the raw materials extracted from the quarries are numerous. We use them everyday: toothpaste, production of sugar, paper, glass, paints, colourings, varnishes and primers. In agriculture, these products are used in food conservation. In the environment, they are used in the treatment of water, sludge, smoke and household waste, as well as in steel, chemicals, construction or civil engineering.
The Life in Quarries project proves operational biodiversity solutions can be proposed and implemented through controlled investments benefiting environmental protectors as well as the private sector.
The aim is defining measures which are acceptable to the private operator, which are legally and scientifically valid and favourable to biodiversity. The partnership forged on this basis includes the private sector, authorities, scientists, NGOs.
The Life in Quarries project is led by FEDIEX in partnership with the Walloon region (Department of Nature and Forests), University of Liège -Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Biodiversity and Landscape Unit, Natagora asbl and the Parc naturel des Plaines de l’Escaut.
FEDIEX (Fédération de l’Industrie Extractive et Transformatrice de Belgique)
FEDIEX is a professional federation with a national and regional vocation including all small and large businesses performing mining or transforming non-combustible rocks.
The Directorate of Nature for the Department of Nature and Forests (DNF) coordinates actions in the entire territory to ensure the maintenance and development of biodiversity by ensuring the application of the Law on Nature Conservation.
The involvement of the Department of Nature and Forests for the Walloon region develops interest from the public in the initiatives guaranteeing the maintenance and development of biodiversity in the economic activity zones.
The Life in Quarries project is part of the philosophy of the Wallonia Nature Network aiming to improve the potential to house wildlife wherever possible and through each representative within the field of its activities. The project aims to create networks of habitats favourable to the development of rare and protected populations. However, the goal is also the cohabitation between biodiversity and mining in quarries.
ULg – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech – Biodiversity and Landscape Unit
ULg develops fundamental and applied research projects and awareness-raising actions in the areas of biodiversity management, management of biological invasions, functional and evolutionary ecology and landscape ecology.
Natagora is a non-profit association for the protection of nature active in Wallonia and Brussels. The goal is to control the loss of biodiversity and restore a good general state of nature in balance with human activities. Natagora acquires nature reserves (over 4,300 hectares), restore rare environments, studies species, offers tours, discovery walks and trainings, etc.
PNPE defines three missions to preserve and improve the living quality of its inhabitants and their environment: preserving the natural landscape of the nature park, developing local economic resources, making citizens aware about the preservation of their environment.
The management of this park involves restoration and nature conservation, environmental protection, land use actions, support for agro-environmental measures, education and awareness, tourism development, rural and economic development.
Company name: Calcaires de la Sambre Address: Rue Blanc Caillou, 1 à 6111 Landelies Activity type: limestone Tonnage: 650,000 T/year Number of employees: 35 workers and 7 employees
Carrières du Hainaut
Company name: Carrière du Hainaut Address: rue de Cognebeau 245 à 7060 Soignies Activity type: Blue stone Tonnage: 40,000 m³ Number of employees/workers: 450
Carrière du Clypot
Company name: Compagnie des Ciments Belges (C.C.B) Address: Chemin des Carrières, n°17063 Neufvilles, Belgium Activity type: Mining of solid rock for the production of aggregates and ornamental rocks (small granite deposit)
Carrière de Moha
Company name: Carmeuse – Site de Moha Address: Rue Val Notre-Dame 300 à 4520 Moha (Wanze) Activity type: Limestone (chalk) Tonnage: 2,200,000 T/year Number of employees: 75
Carrière du Milieu
Company name: LafargeHolcim Address: Grand Route 19 – 7530 Gaurain Ramecroix Activity type: Limestone Tonnage: 4,000,000 T/year factory – 10,000,000 T/year quarry Number of employees: 51
Carrière de Trooz
Company name: LafargeHolcim Address: Route de Verviers, 56 4870 Trooz Activity type: Sandstone, flank hill Tonnage: 400.000 T/year Number of employees: 12
Company name: SECY (Société d’exploitation des Carrières d’Yvoir) Address: 36 rue du Redeau à 5530 Yvoir Activity type: Sandstone aggregates Production capacity: 600,000 T/year Number of employees/workers: 15
Carrière de Bierghes
Company name: Carrières Unies de Porphyre (CUP) Address: Chaussée Maïeur Habils 177, 1430 Rebecq Activity type: porphyry aggregate Tonnage: 400,000 T/year Number of employees: 22
Carrière des Monts de Baileux
Company name: Carrières Unies de Porphyre (CUP) Address: Route Charlemagne 9b, à 6464 Baileux (Chimay) Activity type: Limestone aggregates Tonnage: 300,000 T/year Number of employees: 11
Company name: Sablières Lannoy Address: Rue du Chalet, 18 à 6747 Châtillon Activity type: Sand mining Tonnage: 200.000 T/year Number of employees: 5
Carrière de Lhoist-Hermalle
Company name: Lhoist – Hermalle Address: rue de la Mallieue, 95 à 4470 Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse Activity type: Limestone + transformation of dolostone Tonnage: 1 million T/year Number of employees: approx. 200 direct employees
Carrière de Lustin
Company name: CBR s.a. Address: Rue de Tailfer, 14 à 5170 Lustin Activity type: sandstone Tonnage: 300,000 T/year Number of employees: 12
Carrières Les Petons
Company name: Carrières Les Petons sprl Address: Rue Beau Séjour 52 à 5650 Yves-Gomezée Activity type: Limestone aggregate Tonnage: 1.100.000 T/year Number of employees: 31 + 11 subcontractors
Carrière de Steinbach
Company name: Carrière de SteinbachTrageco Address: 71 Rue Hottleux à 4950 Waimes Activity type: Sandstone aggregates Production capacity: 200,000 T/year Number of employees/workers: 15