Environmental

27 November 2014

Egypt: Italcementi to build wind park

Italcementi SpA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Egypt for the construction of a 120MW wind park in the coastal town of El-Zaafarana, where the government has agreed to allocate land. The company will invest some US$200m (EUR160.6m) in the plant, s...

21 November 2014

PPC signs waste tyre agreement

PPC has signed an agreement to source waste tyres from the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) for use at its De Hoek cement factory, South Africa. The country’s largest cement pr...

10 November 2014

EU ETS: cement sector included on EU carbon leakage risk list

On 27 October, the European Commission adopted the list of sectors expected to be at risk of carbon leakage, which will be applicable for the period 2015-19. The list includes the cement industry, a fact welcomed by ...

07 November 2014

Terra Cement signs joint venture agreement with Ore Mines International

Terra Cement Inc has signed joint venture agreement with Ore Mines International Pty Ltd in South Australia (OMI) to form a new company, under the name of Terra Cement Australia Pty Ltd (TCA). TCA will engage in the ...

06 November 2014

Rembang project temporarily halted, Indonesia

Central Java Governor, Ganjar Pranowo, has said that Semen Gresik's cement plant project in Watuputih, Rembang, has been halted to respect the process of a citizen lawsuit at the Commercial Court in Semarang, Central...

31 October 2014

Michigan DEQ grants Lafarge new fuel approval, USA

State officials have approved a request from Lafarge to burn asphalt shingles and plastics at its plant near Alpena, Michigan, USA. The state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved the permit sayin...

24 October 2014

Semen Indonesia starts Tuban WHR plant construction

Semen Indonesia has commenced the construction of a 30.6MW power plant at its Tuban cement works to reduce the company’s electricity costs. Using heat from the cement production process, the waste heat recovery pla...

23 October 2014

Taiwan: ITRI to receive award for its HECLOT carbon capture technology

Taiwan-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has introduced High Efficiency Calcium Looping Technology (HECLOT), a calcium looping technology developed to reduce carbon emissions from fossil power pla...

23 October 2014

Concerns raised by South Korean imports of Japanese coal

Lee In-young, an opposition spokesman for the New Politics Alliance for Democracy party and member of the National Assembly's Environment Labour Committee, has raised concerns over radioactive-contaminated coal bough...

23 October 2014

Cembureau voices concern over EU GHG targets

On 23-24 October the European Council will decide on the 2030 climate and energy framework, including targets for GHG emissions reduction, renewables and energy efficiency. The targets are expected to impose a 43 ...

20 October 2014

Ras Al Khaimah-based cement company sees temporary environmental shutdown

The UAE Ministry of Water and Environment has closed a Ras Al Khaimah cement factory in Khor Khuweir for a month. The plant has not complied with rules under Cabinet Resolution No 24 of 2011, relating to the protecti...

16 October 2014

Cemex launches Dominican Republic solar power plant

Cemex announced the launch of a 1.5MW power plant to supply renewable energy to its cement plant in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. Cemex said the initiative is part of its commitment to sustainability, ...

19 September 2014

Suez Cement plant to switch to coal

Italcementi Group is looking to find a long-term solution to the fuel shortage problems it faces in Egypt with its subsidiary Suez Cement. Suez Cement needs to find a reliable fuel source for its cement plants to kee...

15 September 2014

Four Holcim (US) Inc plants awarded Energy Star®

Holcim (US) Inc. announced that four of its plants earned the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR®. "Holcim is grateful to, once again, be awarded for our commitment to sustainability," said Filib...

27 August 2014

New species of snail discovered in Lafarge Malaysia limestone quarry

A new, presumed narrowly endemic species of snail has been discovered in a limestone quarry in Malaysia run by Lafarge. The new species of snail, discovered by Fendie Marzuki and Thor Seng Liew at the northern end ...

09 September 2014

Castolin Eutectic presents HeidelbergCement with Conservationist of the Year Award

Maintenance, repair, wear protection and joining specialist Castolin Eutectic has presented HeidelbergCement AG with its Conservationist of the Year Award 2014. Established in 1973, the award recognises companies ...