Cement News tagged: Environmental

ACC adopts solar power for Kudithini and Thondebhavi grinding mills

08 November 2018, Published under Cement News

ACC Ltd (LafargeHolcim group) has adopted the use of solar power in the cement manufacturing process at its grinding units in Kudithini and Thondebhavi in Karnataka. The intent is to use about 30MW of solar power at these plants, which will meet over half its annual power requirement – an estimated 45m units of solar power annually. Switching to solar power will reduce CO 2 emissions by 38,0...

LafargeHolcim Paulding harnesses wind power

08 November 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim's Paulding plant has become the group's first cement plant in North America to harness wind power. "Distributed wind energy is a first for LafargeHolcim in North America and something we're excited to leverage," said Jamie M Gentoso, CEO of US Cement operations. "The Paulding cement plant has been an anchor of this region for decades, producing high-quality cement and mineral co...

TPI Polene claims waste-fuelled power is unsustainable

07 November 2018, Published under Cement News

TPI Polene has complained about the quality of national waste sorting in Thailand. The company has invested about THB4bn (US$121.9m) in waste-fuelled power plants. But high operational costs, including sorting, make the waste-to-energy business unsustainable, says the Thai cement producer.  The lack of sorting means that Thailand's wet and damp waste can only generate about 1200kcal of ener...

Keflavík harbour blocked by grounded cement carrier

07 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The 4000dwt cement carrier Fjordvik has run aground at the entrance to Keflavík harbour in Iceland. The incident happened on Friday 2 November when 14 crew members and pilot were safely lifted off the stricken vessel. The Fjordvik remains lodged on the rocks with a breach in the hull and a small oil spill. The ship had apprximately 100t of oil on board and initial attempts to pump the oil int...

Insee Cement wins environmental awards

Insee Cement wins environmental awards

05 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Insee Ecocyle Lanka, a subsidiary of Siam City Cement (Lanka) Ltd, scooped the silver award in the solid waste recovery, recycling and disposal or processing category at the Presidential Environmental Awards 2018, held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Insee Ecocycle Lanka director Sanjeewa Chulakumara said, "Insee Ecocycle is now establ...

The European Climate Foundation releases CO2 emissions report

01 November 2018, Published under Cement News

There is a significant saving potential of up to 80 per cent of CO 2 emissions in the cement sector by making use of efficiency measures along the whole value chain, without carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. These CO 2 savings could be achieved for a relatively-low financial cost and even with financial savings in some cases. If combining this with CCS, a-close-to carbon-neutral...

CEMBUREAU takes stock of Low Carbon Road map 2050 objectives

CEMBUREAU takes stock of Low Carbon Road map 2050 objectives

31 October 2018, Published under Cement News

C EMBUREAU recently hosted its 'Low Carbon Roadmap Progress towards the 2°C target' in the European Parliament, where it gave an industry update to MEPs. Five years ago the European cement industry published its Low Carbon Roadmap, outlining how CO 2 emissions could be reduced by 32 per cent (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050 with conventional technologies and potentially by 80 per cent if b...

Quarry Life 2018 Award winners announced

25 October 2018, Published under Cement News

A team from the University of South Wales has won HeidelbergCement Group's Quarry Life Awards 2018 for its biodiversity project. The project investigated the value of translocating ancient woodland soils with quarried landscapes at Forest Wood quarry, Mid-Glamorgan, in Wales. The winners picked up a prize of GBP4400 at the ceremony held at Hanson's former sand and gravel quarry at Middl...

Carbon capture bioreactor starts at Fortaleza's Tula plant

26 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Mexico’s Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) has developed a bioreactor which uses microalgae to capture flue gases from cement companies. The reactor was launched at Cementos Fortaleza’s cement plant in Tula in the country’s state of Hidalgo, where it will pilot the technology at plant level. In the process the exhaust gas from the kiln is passed through a reactor that contains water, ...

Northern province of Vietnam will not plan more cement plants

23 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Vietnam’s northern province of Quang Ninh will not add more cement or thermal power plants to provincial planning due to concerns about their negative impacts on the environment, according to Nguyen Van Doc, secretary of the provincial Party Committee and chairman of People's Council. The authority had already removed thermal power projects from planning in the Quang Yen and Dam Ha districts ...

Vassiliko Cement enlisted to dispose of waste tyres

19 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Vassiliko Cement has received 1800t of old tyres from the Dali industrial area of Cyprus in an attempt by the Ministry of Agriculture to safely manage the amount of waste tyres being stored in an environmentally-friendly way. Vassiliko Cement is a licensed management facility for disposal of waste tyres. Following the successful completion of this first phase, the ministry added, the transpor...

Norway's CCS funding from EU receives cautious backing

18 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Norway is attempting to give carbon capture and storage (CCS) a new start with an updated concept focussed on developing transport and storage infrastructure to attract interests from investors around Europe. This includes the transport of CO 2 by boat instead of earlier plans to move CO 2 by pipeline, but the European Commission has been cautious in its response stating that there is curren...

LafargeHolcim receives approval for tyre burning project

11 October 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim’s plans to incinerate tyres at its facility in Brookfield, Nova Scotia, has been given regulatory approval by the Canadian province. Although the company requested a three-year project the Environment Department has issued industrial approval to conduct a one-year pilot. Environment Minister, Margaret Miller, has said that the company must monitor air quality at regular interva...

Oman Cement Co to use waste tyres as AF

11 October 2018, Published under Cement News

An agreement between Oman Cement Co (OCC) and Oman Environmental Services Holding Co Be’ah will see the cement producer include waste tyres in its fuel mix. The Memorandum of Understand (MoU), signed by Be’Ah CEO, Eng Tariq Ali Am Amri, and OCC CEO, Eng Salim Abdulllah Al Hajri, formalises the scope of cooperation between the two companies. It is estimated that around 45,000tpa of waste tyre...

New RDF rules for Indian cement plants

11 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Detailed guidelines recently finalised for India’s Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 will see cement factories within 400km of RDF plants have to ensure that the material constitutes at least five per cent of their fuel supply. "In this arrangement, cement industries will have to pay the transportation cost of the first 100km, while urban bodies will have to pay for the remaining 300km," sai...

PCA seeks EPA reform of non-hazardous secondary materials policy

11 October 2018, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has called for changes to the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) non-hazardous secondary materials (NHSM) policy. PCA Vice President and Counsel for Government Affairs, Charles Franklin, explained why reforming EPA's NHSM policy was so important for the cement industry. While many cement manufacturers already strive to use alternative fuels, they ...