Lafarge is a partner of the Paris-Plage 2003 event..."Aggregates in the city"

4 July 2003

The Lafarge group is a partner of the second Paris-Plage (Paris-beach) event, which will run from 20 July to 17 August 2003 on the banks of the Seine. Lafarge will supply and transport by river the 3,000 tonnes of sand required to make up beaches. The world leader in building materials will also inform visitors about aggregates (sand, crushed stone, gravel, etc.) in the sand castle area.

This partnership reflects the decision by Lafarge, a major aggregates producer in the Ile-de-France region, to contribute to city life and the summertime festivities by using a clean and environmentally friendly mode of transport.

Aggregates are a key material for urban development
Aggregates (sand, crushed stone, gravel, etc.), a material used for construction and infrastructure projects and a vital ingredient in concrete, play a key role in urban development. For instance, between 20,000 and 40,000 tonnes of aggregates are needed to build a hospital or a secondary school and around 100-300 tonnes for a house. After air and water, aggregates are the most used natural resource on earth.

An urban- and environmentally friendly method of transportation
Most aggregates are distributed in Paris by water. This method of transportation, which is economically viable, also represents a major environmental benefit for the city as river transportation is an environmentally-friendly, safe, economic and punctual mode of transport. It does not generate any noise pollution or traffic congestion. The delivery of the 3,000 tonnes of sand needed for the Paris-Plage event in a single convoy from Lafarge's Sandrancourt quarry will dispense with the need for the equivalent of around 200 trucks or 100 train wagons. What's more, thanks to its river fleet, Lafarge's aggregates activities in France can also transport excavated material from construction sites. For instance, Lafarge carried away (more than one million tones) material excavated from the construction of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (French National Library), which was then recycled as fill for Lafarge's quarries.

A business activity that is perfectly integrated within the urban environment
Located at the heart of the Seine valley region, Lafarge has a unique distribution network consisting of 14 ports and five depots, which enables it to stay very close to its customers.

This local service requires a responsible approach to minimize the environmental impact (reduction in noise, dust and vibrations, water quality monitoring process, integration of installations within the architectural environment, etc.).

Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, and employs 77,000 people in 75 countries. The Group holds top-ranking positions in all four of its Divisions: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. Lafarge posted sales of €14.6 billion in 2002.

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