Environmental

22 July 2014

IUCN launches biodiversity guide

The International Union for Conservation (IUCN), in cooperation with CEMBUREAU and other cement and aggregates industry associations, has published a new guide to encourage companies to responsibly manage biodiversity throughout their operations. The guide, entitled “ Integrated Biod...

18 July 2014

Namibia: Ohorongo's biomass boost

Namibia-based Ohorongo Cement plant plans to use blackthorn as biofuel for cement production, helping the southern Africa country's sole cement producer keep energy costs down. "In the long term we will be very ...

18 July 2014

Semen Indonesia to build East Java WHR facility

Semen Indonesia is to invest in a IDR638bn (US$54.4m) waste heat power generation facility in East Java as the company looks to reduce costs and move towards more environmentally-friendly energy sources. The country...

10 July 2014

Report: EU-ETS carbon leakage difficult to determine

A recent study by Vivid Economic and Ecofys entitled ‘Carbon leakage prospects under Phase III of the EU ETS and beyond’ has considered whether the EU ETS leads to carbon leakage and found that it is difficult to det...

07 July 2014 Thomas Armstrong

Australia: calls for Adelaide Brighton Cement licence review

Adelaide Brighton's Birkenhead cement plant is coming under pressure for tighter regulation on its environmental performance. Greens leader, Mark Parnell, says data provided by Adelaide Brighton to the National Pollu...

27 June 2014

Messebo Cement shifts to biomass usage, Ethiopia

Ethiopia-based Messebo Cement is establishing a biomass processing plant to help partly substitute imported coal usage in its manufacturing process, thereby reducing production costs. The new facility, which is 90 ...

13 June 2014

UK: environment agency approves Cemex recycling plant

The UK Environment Agency (UKEA) has given the go-ahead for a solid fuel recyling unit to supply Cemex's Rugby cement plant in Warwickshire. Work is expected to start later this summer with recycling firm SITA UK set...

12 June 2014

Continental Cement earns EPA Energy Star certification

Continental Cement Company’s Hannibal plant has earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star certification. "Continental Cement is pleased to accept EPA’s Energy Star certification in recognit...

10 June 2014

Cemex Mexico recognised for its environmental strategy

Cemex Mexico has been recognised for its achievements in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and use of alternative fuels in its operations by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (...

06 June 2014

Holcim Mexico to implement biomass firing at Orizaba

Holcim Mexico plans to use biomass from the coffee, paper and brewing industries as energy source for its kilns. The initiative will help the cement producer to reduce its carbon footprint. The alternative fuel wi...

06 June 2014

Chile: Bío-Bío Talcahuano cuts PM by more than 600tpa

Cementos Bío-Bío has cut PM emissions at its Talcahuano works by more than 600tpa. The improvement follows the installation of a bag filter, which has been in operations since last year and represents an investment...

06 June 2014

New low-carbon cement type receives funding

An EPFL-led consortium which is developing a new blend of cement that promises to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete by up to 40 per cent has received financial backing from the Swiss Agency for Development and ...

02 June 2014

Holcim Singapore CEO awarded Green Innovator of the Year’ accolade

Dr Sujit Ghosh, CEO of Holcim Singapore, is among 12 individuals to receive a ‘Green Innovator of the Year’ award by the BCA-SGBC (Building & Construction Authority and Singapore Green Building Council). The BCA-SG...

02 June 2014

Holcim opens water treatment plant in Mexico

Holcim has opened a water treatment plant in Mexico at its Ramos Arizpe complex operated by subsidiary Ecoltec. The plant, which will treat water contaminated by hydrocarbons, has a daily capacity of 40m3 and allows ...

30 May 2014

St Marys Cement Bowmanville plant wins gold energy excellence award

Community leaders and St Marys Cement Inc executives were on hand yesterday to celebrate St Marys Cement – Bowmanville plant receiving the Gold Award Certification in Energy Excellence. Certification in Energy Excell...

23 May 2014

Cementos Cosmos lodges alternative fuels appeal

Cementos Cosmos has lodged an appeal with Andalusia’s Committee of Environment and Spatial Planning as the cement producer was denied an amendment to its Integrated Environmental Authorisation for the Niebla plant. ...