Cement News tagged: Environmental

Gujarat leads the way in plastic co-processing

12 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Gujarat cement plants substituted coal with 350,000t of plastic waste in 2017-18, the highest volume across all Indian states. "We facilitated management of 120,000t of plastic waste in 2017 as alternate fuel in our 14 plants across India, more than half of which was in Gujarat plants alone," according to Ulhas Parlikar, director, Geocycle India. India’s Central Pollution Control Board has ...

Irish Cement fined for fugitive dust pollution

11 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Irish Cement Ltd has been convicted of two counts of breaching its industrial emissions licence when 'fugitive dust' emitted from the Castle Mungret, Co Limerick plant 'impaired' or 'interfered' with the surrounding environment, Limerick District Court heard. Irish Cement had faced a maximum EUR4000 fine for each count. Judge Marian O'Leary imposed fines totalling EUR1250 for both counts...

Hima Cement taken to High Court over mining in Queen Elizabeth National Park

06 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Activists under the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) has taken Hima cement to the High Court over encroachment into Queen Elizabeth National Park, and engaging in the illegal mining of limestone. In 2008, Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA) permitted Hima Cement to mine limestone in Queen Elizabeth National Park, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural ...

Ohorongo Cement to open solar power plant

04 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Ohorongo Cement is to be serviced by a solar power plant that is being constructed by Gildemeister Energy Solutions GmbH is co-developer and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. Solar development company SunEQ GmbH, Hamburg, Germany reports that it has the finance in place for the project that will see a 5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant built in the Otjozondjupa regio...

Meftah holds co-processing trials

Meftah holds co-processing trials

03 July 2018, Published under Cement News

GICA subsidiary SCMI-Meftah has been carrying out co-processing trials using sludge, waste oils and sorted household waste in its Meftah works in Algeria. "These technological test operations were a success in all respects, as they fully respected the test protocol developed by the project-SCIM team as well as the safety and process procedures," said Adel Haddoud, the company’s director gene...

Global cement industry to accelerate adoption of new technologies to fight climate change

02 July 2018, Published under Cement News

The global cement industry must step up efforts to adopt new technologies and put a greater focus on innovation to make crucial progress on reducing CO2 emissions, is the key message from the World Cement Association (WCA)’s Global Climate Change Forum in Paris, where the organisation’s President, Zhi Ping Song told members: “No more words, but actions are needed”. Current technology employ...

Iranian cement producer invests in solar power

Iranian cement producer invests in solar power

29 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Iran-based Shahrekord Cement Company has had a 1.5MW photovoltaic system by Fronius Solar Energy installed at its cement plant. The project is not only unique due to the large output generated but also due to its location. The Shahrekord Cement site is 2300m above sea level in the city of Shahrekord, also known as the 'Roof of Iran'. The region is prone to hot summers and cold winters, with...

South Korea to impose stricter air pollution levels

29 June 2018, Published under Cement News

The South Korean government has tightened emission standards for air pollutants of fine-dust producing businesses such as coal-fired power plants, cement factories and steelmaking facilities. The Ministry of Environment announced Wednesday that it will cut the permissible limits for nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxides and fine dust to PM 2.5, particulate matter (PM) with a diameter of less than 2...

Cemex Colombia to study solar farm construction

29 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex Colombia, the mayor of Ibague and LG announced they will initiate the technical, economic and legal studies required to build a solar farm that will supply sustainable power Tolima’s public lighting system. The farm would be located on a 56ha site, owned by the Mayor’s Office on the Doima-Buenos Aires highway. Around 16ha of solar panels would be installed. The electricity generated ...

Brazil bans 50kg bags for domestic use

21 June 2018, Published under Cement News

The Brazilian cement sector has been given a decade to phase out 50kg bags of cement and replace them with 25kg sacks following an agreement between the country’s cement producers and the government. The step is to protect the health of workers that deliver the bags to work sites and according to the Department of Work “has the aim to bring the Brazilian industry in line with constitutional ...

Indonesian cement plants to burn medical waste

21 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry has asked four cement plants to burn untreated medical waste. In early April the ministry requested PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa, PT Holcim Indonesia, PT Semen Padang and PT Cemindo Gemilang to burn the waste within six months. The step follows the closure of two of the country’s six medical waste companies last year as a result of legal sancti...

CIMAF Ghana invests in managing environmental impact

11 June 2018, Published under Cement News

CIMAF Ghana Ltd has allocated 15 per cent (US$9.9m) of its US$66m investment in the country to manage the environmental impact of its production facilities, according to Ghana Web. The company's 1.1Mta plant near the port of Tema was fitted with bag filters to control dust emissions and a gas analyser was installed to monitor the exhaust gas from the stacks, according to Mr Mohammed Bennis, ...

Nepal's Ministry of Industry identifies sites for clinker storage

11 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Nepal’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies has begun work to acquire land to improve transportation of imported clinker from India. Rabi Shankar Sainju, spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, said the ministry had identified land plots in three locations near Birgunj Inland Container Depot (ICD) to manage the dust emissions of the cargo. The governmen...

Cementos BSA signs renewable energy contract with Engie

08 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Chilean cement producer Cementos BSA has signed an agreement with energy firm Engie Energía Chile, which will supply 35GWh per year of renewable energy, according to business newspaper Estrategia. With the contract Cementos BSA becomes the first company in Chile to source its energy from solar and hydropower sources and achieve the international I-REC certification, which confirms efforts ma...

Hanson surpasses 2020 sustainability targets

07 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Hanson UK's latest sustainability report announces that the company has passed its 2020 targets for reducing both mains water use and waste to landfill while CO 2 emissions per tonne of product have fallen by 7.2 per cent to reach the lowest level for five years. The number of lost time injuries remained static at 21, but the frequency rate was down on the prior year and there was a three-...

Clinker transport causes pollution in Fiji

05 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Pacific Cement Ltd (PCL) has been accused of clinker dust pollution by local residents in the settlement of Kalekana, in Fiji. Clinker is transported daily by truck to its factory and conditions are becoming intolerable for local residents outside Lami. General manager of Pacific Cement Ltd, Sowani Tuidrola confirmed the clinker belonged to PCL, but the transportation of the product was the...