Cement News tagged: Environmental

Saudi Arabia: Aumund and Sweidan open new spare parts unit

17 October 2016, Published under Cement News

A UMUND Fördertechnik GmbH, Germany, and S WEIDAN Industrial Services, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, have opened a new spare parts stock unit at the Riyadh warehouse to be at full disposal with parts instantly available. This is of particular importance in a case of emergencies when equipment needs to be quickly up and running again. Additionally, a local A UMUND Supervisor is available to suppo...

Egypt: manufacturers encouraged to increase AF use

14 October 2016, Published under Cement News

The Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade, Tarek Qabil, announced that the industry has completed a study on the use on alternative fuel sources to fossil fuels in Egyptian cement plants. Mr Qabil said that the ministry plans to boost cement factories’ reliance on alternative fuel sources such as coal by 6.4-30 per cent within the next 5-10 years. He went on to say that the total coal need...

Myanmar: Run Myaing Galay cement plant opposed

14 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Local residents and community leaders met with local press at Zayat Phyu village on 8 October to protest against the proposed cool power plant to supply electricity for the No 2 Myaing Galay cement plant near Hpa-an, Myanmar. The Myaing Galay Cement Plants are owned by the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC), which is a major conglomerate and holding company operated by the Burmese military...

Vietnam: inspection of polluted plants

10 October 2016, Published under Cement News

A joint delegation from the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment were due to inspect cement plants that pose a high risk of contamination. The inspection investigated production and waste treatment facilities at the plants. Minister of Industry and Trade, Trần Tuấn Anh has asked corporations to consider establishing a specialised departm...

USA: Cemex New Braunfels cuts water usage

USA: Cemex New Braunfels cuts water usage

04 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemex has announced the completion of a new water recycling system atits Balcones quarry near New Braunfels, Texas, USA, will result in 90 per cent less water used annually than previously used by the quarry's wash plant. The state-of-the-art system will decrease the building materials company's environmental impact and reliance on water pulled from nearby sources.The water recycling system i...

India: calls to assist cement plants in energy conservation

04 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Executive director of Dalmia Cement, R A Krishnakumar, has called for a special package of concessions, particularly in taxes, for cement factories in an attempt to encourage them to adopt energy conservation measures. Mr Krishnakumar said at the second ‘Energy efficiency technologies in cement and manufacturing sector’ conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry that there...

Scwhenk invests EUR30m in Allmendingen works

Scwhenk invests EUR30m in Allmendingen works

05 October 2016, Published under Cement News

German cement producer Schwenk is investing EUR30m in its Allmendingen cement plant to reduce NOx and organic carbon emissions as well as mercury. The XMercury equipment, designed by Austrian emissions control supplier Scheuch, is expected to come online in February 2017 while the Deconox system, supplied by the same company, will enter service in June.  Meanwhile, the foundations for the D...

USA: concerns over plant location near school

23 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has raised concerns over the location of a cement plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as is it situated across from a school. It is reported that dozens of mixing trucks pull into the site every day, stirring dust into the air. The worry is that dust particles and chemicals being used may be detrimental to the health of students ...

India: Ramco mine expansion dispute

23 September 2016, Published under Cement News

A public hearing convened to discuss the expansion of a limestone mine belonging to a private cement plant owned by Ramco Cement in Sendurai, Tamil Nadu, was interrupted by attendees protesting the plans. Police removed 13 people who threw chairs and objected the proposal. The commotion began when a group of people barged into the meeting, complaining that they had not been given the opport...

Responding to climate change

17 October 2016, Published under Cement News

This week ICR looks at further tightening of pollution control around the world following Cembureau's reminder that the EU Parliament is expected to vote on the provisional directive to reduce emissions of air pollutants this autumn. While Europe is aiming to restrict several hazardous pollutants such as SO2 and NOx through the new National Emissions Ceiling Directive, there are clear ind...

Italy: Monselice cement plant to burn SRF

29 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The 0.7Mta capacity Monselice cement plant (Cementizillo group), in Padova, Italy, has received so the authorisation to substitute 50 per cent of its petcoke firing with solid secondary refuse-derived fuel (SRF) Last Monday night, at the city council, more than 100 people were present to support the motion presented by the opposition asking to block the procedure to initiate a debate on the ...

EU reaches agreement on stricter air pollution limits

20 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The European Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a directive to reduce emissions of air pollutants on 30 June 2016. The new National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD) sets stricter national limits on the emissions of several hazardous pollutants, including SO2, NO x and fine particulates and aims to cut the number of premature deaths from air pollution...

CSI: trend of continuous decline in CO2 emissions by cement industry

19 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The Cement Sustainability Initiative’s (CSI) recently-published “Getting The Numbers Right” (GNR) report for 2014 has identified a trend of continuous reduction in CO2 emissions by the cement industry over the last decade. “The 2014 results show the European cement industry is maintaining the improvements of recent years and this in line with its low carbon economy roadmap. According to the...

Malaysia: Lafarge to pay for dust cleaning

16 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Sdn Bhd has agreed to bear the cost of cleaning up the homes of residents in three villages affected by dust accidentally released from one of its plants last Monday as a result of repair works on a blocked processing unit. Factory Manager, Sekar Kaliannan, said Lafarge would follow up by to implement a group insurance coverage for residents in surrounding villages. State ...

US environmentalists to set out case against Orcem plant

16 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Environmental activists will today take their case against a proposed Orcem cement plant and marine terminal to the public, according to local media reports. The proposed project is to be built in Vallejo to the north of San Francisco and will consist of a 0.5Mta grinding plant producing cement from GBFS, to be expanded to 0.9Mta in subsequent phases. Opponents of the scheme have branded...

Nigeria: producers encouraged to use tyres as raw material

15 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has approached local cement producers, encouraging them to use tyres as a raw material for firing kilns. Acting Director General of SON, Dr Paul Angya, said, “We are looking for environmentally-friendly ways of disposing seized tyres. That is why we are talking to cement companies and another company in Kwara state that said they can use tyres as ...