05 April 2005

CO2 rise forces energy UK rethink

Carbon dioxide emissions are rising rapidly in the UK, forcing the government to consider a range of new measures to keep its pledge to combat climate change. Figures from the Department of Trade and

04 April 2005

Mine safety group confers major awards to Holcim Philippines

The Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA), organizers of the 51st annual National Mine Safety and Environmental Conference, recently honored Holcim

04 April 2005

CEMEX’s facilities recognized for environmental excellence

The National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) recently recognized Cemex’s Ready-Mix facilities in Houston and Katy, Texas, with its annual Commitment to Excellence

01 April 2005

Taiwan’s energy alternatives

With oil prices spiralling over the past year from around US$28 to around US$40 per barrel, spiking to over US$55 at one point, Taiwanese energy specialists have warned that prices

31 March 2005

Tyre protestors at Ravenna

Opponents say pollution from a cement plant in Ravena USA, that already affect local residents may get worse if Lafarge Cement is allowed to burn tires there for fuel. Lafarge filed an application wit

31 March 2005

Canada slashes emissions targets

The Canadaian federal government has slashed its emissions-cutting targets for large industrial polluters by more than a third from the goal set out in Canada’s original climate change plan, The

30 March 2005

Who is Smokey Joe Barton?

Did the Dallas Morning News soften its pro-environment stance after a visit from a powerful congressman? Joe Barton, a Republican congressman, represents Ellis County, just south of Dallas, where ceme

30 March 2005

California Portland Cement Company earns award

The US Environmental Protection Agency has named California Portland Cement Company as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing

30 March 2005

Dragon residents to sue

People who live near the 123-acre Dragon Products plant on the Rockland-Thomaston line in Maine, USA, have sued the cement manufacturer in federal court, alleging that errant dust is harming their hea

29 March 2005

Business owners oppose cement plant

The Committee for Responsible Economic Development and 177 area businesses have submitted a statement opposing St. Lawrence Cement’s proposed $350 million Greenport project to the governor, the state

29 March 2005

Westbury drops plans for burning recycled fuel

Campaigners fighting plans to burn poisonous chemicals at the UK Westbury cement works were celebrating yesterday after the firm dropped its controversial plans. Lafarge announced it has postponed pl

22 March 2005

Ukrtsement asking for subsidies

The members of the Ukrtsement Cement Association are asking the Cabinet of Ministers and the parliament to grant subsidies and tax breaks to cement factories. Among other things, Ukrtsement is calling

21 March 2005

Experts to look into Meghalaya cave row

Experts from the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), Nagpur arrived in the city today to investigate the controversy over the destruction of India’s longest cave, Krem Kotsati in Lumshnong, by cement factor

21 March 2005

China to spend millions to curb sulphur dioxide emissions

China plans to invest 6.43 billion yuan (US$780m) to curb sulphur dioxide emissions spewing from the coal-fired power plants that are fueling its economic growth, state media said. The aim is to reduc

18 March 2005

Opposition to Hudson plant

Opponents of the proposed St. Lawrence Cement plant in Columbia County released a list of 177 businesses that oppose the company’s plan to build a new plant in the Town of

11 March 2005

Cactus and horse manure – cement shares to plummet?

On a mesa close to the Mexican border a dozen men and women scooped up handfuls of mud and hurled them at the sides of a small adobe building.