Environmental

20 May 2016

Cement to light roads

Dr José Carlos Rubio, researcher at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo in Morelia, Mexico, has found a creative solution to light streets and highways in the evening without using power: cement. By modifying the fine structure of cement, Dr Rubio has produced a variety...

12 May 2016

Japan: companies turn to recycling

Japan’s cement makers are turning to resource recycling as alternative revenue sources as demand for cement is seen shrinking over the mid- to long term. Japanese demand for cement declined for a second straight year...

11 May 2016

Sri Lanka: Holcim Lanka inaugurates new transport model

LafargeHolcim subsidiary Holcim Lanka has begun operations of a new ship-to-rail road hybrid model for the transportation of its raw materials. The state railway will transport Holcim cement related raw materials ...

11 May 2016

LafargeHolcim launch 2030 sustainability programme

LafargeHolcim has announced a new group sustainability strategy called "The 2030 Plan" which sets ambitious long-term goals to help the company lead in sustainability and set new standards. The plan encourages the e...

09 May 2016

Philippines: CeMap President calls for greater use of blended cement

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) has requested that the government to change its policies relating to the use of ordinary Portland cement (OPC) in public infrastructure projects so that...

05 May 2016

Belgium: Lixhe plant funded for carbon capture

HeidelbergCement is to start a project capturing CO 2 at its Lixhe plant in Belgium. The five-year project is being led by the Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement consortium, which includes the Australian techn...

05 May 2016

France: Saint-Pierre-la-Cour plant to raise alternative fuel usage

Lafarge is to increase its alternative fuel usage at Saint-Pierre-la-Cour, the biggest cement plant in France, reports Aggregate Research. The replacement rate of fossil fuels currently used could reach 83 per cent ...

04 May 2016

USA: Essroc cited for 10 health violations

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited through its Cleveland Area Office Essroc Cement Corporation for one repeated and 10 serious safety and health violations, report...

03 May 2016

Myanmar: Lwin Mountain Cement feasibility study halted

The Karen National Union (KNU) has suspended the feasibility study for the Lwin Mountain Cement factory being carried out by the Phyu Min Tun Company, near Min Lwin Mountain, in Thaton Township, Mon State, Myanmar. ...

28 April 2016

Irish Cement: Limerick plant to cut alternative fuel usage

Irish Cement is putting forward new proposals to reduce the amount of alternative fuels by half to 90,000t, at its facility in Mungret, Ireland. It comes after a public outcry against the original proposals to burn ...

20 April 2016

USA: Essroc Martinsbrug to tighten up dust emissions control

Essroc officials said in a statement that it will implement strict dust-control improvements over the next 60 days as part of ongoing environmental efforts, and has already made investments to repair equipment. Essr...

20 April 2016

USA: Ravena plant investigated for slurry spillage

Officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration investigated a spill Tuesday at the Lafarge cement plant on Route 9W of liquid slurry used in th...

22 April 2016

Ireland: cement firms make windfall profits from ETS permits

CRH, Lagan Cement and Quinn Cement have together made EUR128m (US$145m) through the sale of permits under the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS).  On Sunday, the Irish Independent reported that the three firms were...

15 April 2016

Ecuador: Unacem recognised as eco-efficient

Peruvian cement producer Union Andina de Cementos (Unacem), which resulted from the merger of Cementos Lima and Cementos Andino and its Ecuadorian operations of Lafarge and Selvalegre, was acknowledged as an eco-effi...

14 April 2016

Cemex paves Egypt's first concrete highway

Cemex in Egypt contributed to the paving of Egypt’s first concrete highway. The approximately 22-mile (35km) road connects Cairo, the country’s capital, with the seaport city of Suez, two of the nation’s most importa...

13 April 2016

Colombia: Cementos Argos will process 2.5m tyres at its Bogotá plant

Following an agreement with the local government of Bogotá, Colombian cement manufacturer Cementos Argos will recycle 2.5m used car tyres to fuel its cement production. According to the president of Cementos Argos...