24 December 2004

Authorities pledge to protect arable land

China’s top land and resource authority pledged yesterday to support key projects while cutting down on illegal land acquisitions. Major projects focused on energy, communications, water conservation

24 December 2004

Four countries not ready for Emissions Trading

The EU’s Environment Commissioner, Stavros Dimas, has said that Greece, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic are not in a position to take part in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) start

22 December 2004

Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction

The recently established Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been created to promote sustainable construction worldwide. Entries in the Awards are now open. Sustainable construction projec

22 December 2004

Algeria Societe des Ciments de Ain Touta Wins 2004 Quality Award

Algerian cement maker Societe des Ciments de Ain Touta has won Algeria’s 2004 national quality award, it was reported on December 21, 2004.

22 December 2004

Misr Cement Qena Gets ISO 9001, ISO 14001 certifications

Egyptian cement producer Misr Cement Qena has received an ISO 9001 quality management certificate and an ISO 14001 environmental management system certificate.

22 December 2004

Holcim Romania co-processes over 100 types of waste

Holcim Romania has invested so far three million euros in upgrading the production lines from its cement factories based in Campulung and Alesd in order to make possible the co-processing of over 100

21 December 2004

Go-ahead for waste dump

Plans to dump hazardous waste close to people’s homes have been approved by County Hall bosses. The application allows Clitheroe’s Castle Cement to tip cement kiln dust, which contains d

21 December 2004

Cement industry jobs

Local cement workers fear the loss of more than 4000 jobs in the industry as lower tariffs on imported cement looms in 2005. The Philippine Cement Workers Council (PCWC) protested at the Tariff Commis

21 December 2004

Tyre surcharge for recycling

Scrap tire piles aren’t just unsightly; they’re dangerous, bad for the environment and costly to remove. A proposal from US State House Speaker Rick Johnson could go a long way toward clea

21 December 2004

Crackdown on concrete

A campaign is underway in Auckland, New Zealand to combat what is seen as an alarming rise in pollution from concrete products. The Auckland Regional Council’s campaign aims to prevent water po

20 December 2004

Holcim opens development contest

Architects, engineers, developers and project owners in Asia, including Indonesia, have been invited to take part in a US$2m competition on sustainable development held by a Swiss foundation.

16 December 2004

Waste site go-ahead

A Landfill site which will take 10,000t of hazardous waste a year has been approved, despite concerns about its impact on neighbours’ health.

16 December 2004

Balloons help depict planned cement plant profile

People who saw balloons floating in the air near the City of Hudson Wednesday got a glimpse of how visible St. Lawrence Cement’s controversial cement plant would be if it is built. Wednesday&rs

16 December 2004

Davenport cement plans for Cemex

Local residents are wondering what changes might result if Cemex buys Britain’s RMC Group, which owns the cement plant on Highway 1. The $5.8 billion deal, slated to close Jan. 12, was approved Thursd

16 December 2004

’Hot rocks’ found at cement plant

A former cement works in County Durham, UK is to be the site of the UK’s first "hot rocks" village. The Blue Circle cement works at Eastgate, near Stanhope, closed in 2002 with the loss of 147

15 December 2004

Plan to cut pollution rises from the ashes

Lafarge Cement’s Cauldon Works is to continue in its mission to reduce its impact on the environment by replacing some of the raw materials it currently uses with a by-product of the paper indus