Cement News tagged: Environmental

India Cements begins transporting fly ash by rail

11 September 2020, Published under Cement News

India Cements’ plant in Chilamkur, Andhra Pradesh, has started loading wet fly ash for another plant in Vishnupuram, Telangana. This marks the first time that fly ash is being loaded by railways from this plant, as the company used to transport the material through roadways. Freight customers currently receive a 40 per cent concession on the normal tariff rates (NTR) if they load fly ash ei...

Cemex reaffirms commitment to improving air quality

09 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Following up on the celebration of the United Nations "International Day of Clean Air for blue skies" Cemex has reaffirmed its commitment to the goal of improving air quality in cities and surrounding areas. Cemex has invested over US$280m since 2013 in technology to measure, control, and mitigate the gas and particle emissions in its operations. Through this continuous investment, the compa...

Taiwan Cement to provide carbon footprint labels on cement in 4Q20

07 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Taiwan Cement Corp (TCC) has taken a leap forward in its efforts to reduce its carbon emissions by providing the first carbon footprint label for cement in Taiwan. TCC's products will be marked with carbon footprint labels as soon as the 4Q20. At the same time, TCC announced support for Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) "2050 Climate Ambition" statement to continue lowering the car...

GCCA launches 2050 Climate Ambition programme

03 September 2020, Published under Cement News

In the joint industry initiative “2050 Climate Ambition” 40 of the world’s leading cement and concrete companies have announced their commitment to reduce the sector’s CO2 footprint, aspiring to deliver carbon-neutral concrete by 2050, according to the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA). Launched by the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) on behalf of its member companie...

Argos plants receive Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation certification

Argos plants receive Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation certification

01 September 2020, Published under Cement News

The Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation (WHC) has certified Argos Savannah (Georgia) and Martinsburg (West Virginia) plants for their achievements and commitment to conservation initiatives. To be certified by the Wildlife Habitat Certification, the operations had to demonstrate that they have a meaningful wildlife habitat management and conservation education programme. The certification ...

Tunisian government authorises use of polypropylene bags for cement

28 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Tunisia’s government approved the use of polypropylene for packaging cement, but the move has already drawn ire of the country’s environmentalists and the Tunisian Industrial Paper and Cardboard Co (Sotupapier). Sotupapier filed a complaint with the administrative tribunal on 21 August 2020 to challenge the decision taken by the Tunisian ministers of industry and trade. The company expects t...

Holcim Midlothian plant requests modified emission levels

Holcim Midlothian plant requests modified emission levels

27 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Holcim Inc (LafargeHolcim) has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for an air quality permit to modify emissions from the company's Midlothian cement plant, USA. If approved by the TCEQ, the new permit would give Holcim approval to raise its carbon monoxide emissions from approximately 4300tpa to 7100tpa. Holcim Inc also intends to burn increased amounts of petcoke...

Argos' Roberta and Harleyville plants recognised by Energy Star® certificates

25 August 2020, Published under Cement News

The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPAs) has recognised Argos' Roberta cement plant, located in Alabama, USA, and Harleyville, South Carolina, USA, with the ENERGY STAR ® certification for the fifth and third consecutive year, respectively. This recognition signifies that these plants perform in the top 25 per cent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets stric...

UltraTech secures bauxite raw material supplies from Hindalco

21 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Hindalco Industries Ltd, India's premier aluminium and copper producer, has won an order to supply 1.2Mta of bauxite residue to UltraTech Cement as a raw material for cement production. The order is part of UltraTech's drive to use industrial by-products, which can contribute to toxic waste if not disposed of properly. Hindalco has supplied 2.5Mt of bauxite residue to 40 cement companies in...

Waste Knot Energy to operate new alternative fuel pellet plant in the UK

18 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Waste Knot Energy (Waste Knot) has secured funding from Gresham House's British Strategic Investment Fund (BSIF) to build its first fuel pelleting plant in Middlesbrough, UK. The site of the new plant will be at AV Dawson's port facility on Teeside. The plant will produce Waste Knot's Green Knot branded pellets using non-recyclable waste - otherwise destined for landfill or for another countr...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe ordered to shut plant by EMA

20 August 2020, Published under Cement News

The Environmental Management Agency ordered Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LafargeHolcim group) to close its 0.45Mta Manresa plant last week, because of abnormal dust discharges. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe said it experienced an unexpected surge in dust emissions during a trial of alternative fuel in the plant between July 30 and 1 August, adding that immediate action was taken to control and contain ...

NTPC begins the bulk supply of fly ash from new unit

17 August 2020, Published under Cement News

NTPC, India’s largest energy conglomerate, has begun the bulk supply of fly ash to cement plants from its new Rihand project in Uttar Pradesh. "NTPC Ltd has developed an infrastructure at Rihand project in Uttar Pradesh to transport fly ash in bulk to cement plants, located at distance, at a cheaper cost," said a company statement. The development is in line with the company’s commitment...

Two Fijian cement companies issued stop order

13 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Two cement factories were closed in Fiji last week after being issued a stop order by the Department of Environment, according to the Fiji Sun. The stop order was reportedly the result of public pressure from residents and businesses of Lami over poor clinker containment measures. Pacific Cement and Tengy Cement, both based in Lami, must therefore rectify these containment measures as part ...

Argos launches ECO Multiproposito in Honduras

10 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Colombian cement producer Argos has launched its ECO Multiproposito cement in Honduras. The product is a general-purpose cement that thanks to sustainable production processes lowers CO 2 emissions by 40 per cent. Energy for the production process at the company’s Comayagua plant is sourced from a solar power array that it inaugurated at the start of 2020. The new product is said to be th...

South Africa needs to overcome alternative fuel challenges

07 August 2020, Published under Cement News

South Africa still has barriers it needs to overcome to make alternative fuels more accessible for cement producers. While Natal Portland Cement (InterCement group) has redesigned parts of its production process to accept several waste types, in other countries the group has a much higher alternative fuel usage. InterCement has achieved 50-70 per cent AF usage in some of its facilities, but i...

Dragon Cement pays US$67,000 for air emission violations

07 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Dragon Products Co LLC (Giant Cement Holding Inc) has agreed to pay US$67,000 for air pollution the violations dating back to 2016, according to a monthly enforcement report from Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The violations were discovered through reports filed by Dragon and a subsequent investigation the DEP conducted on the 0.68Mta Thomaston cement plant in Maine, USA....