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Roadstone Belgard Quarry

  • Health and safety
  • Land-use planning
  • Permitting processes / policy integration
  • Reporting official statistics
  • Socio-economic and environmental impact assessments

Challenge the practice is addressing: This practice addresses the development of an Integrated Constructed Wetland at the Roadstone Belgard Quarry.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: The Integrated Constructed Wetland (ICW) was built at Roadstone's Belgard Quarry in 2017 to manage the quarry's drainage waters before they were discharged into a nearby stream. The facility's accessible acreage has been restored from a disused state to an aesthetic and diverse natural ecosystem. It illustrates how successful treatment with the best possible effects for the environment may be accomplished in a cost-efficient manner. This ecologically engineered method of water treatment is not only cost-effective, but it also has the ability to offer habitat for native animals inside the Dublin conurbation. Designed to provide optimal results in collecting and treating water via the reanimation of a wetland ecosystem, its social, economic, and environmental implications provide new views for comprehensive water management and Roadstone's long-term environmental obligations.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The expected impact of this practice is the protection of the environment with the key objective to provide quality products in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? This practice is for companies in the extractive industry.

UEPG Sustainable Development Award Nominee
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Report / document
Learning relevance
Case study
Unspecified (universally applicable)
Construction minerals (aggregates)
Extractive life-cycle
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Exploitation phase
Sustainability scope
Planning beyond the mine life
Water stewardship
Land-use and biodiversity
System change potential
manage the quarry's drainage waters before they were discharged into a nearby stream
offer habitat for native animals inside the Dublin conurbation