Cement News tagged: Environmental

Cemex to end fossil fuel use at Rugby plant

10 March 2021, Published under Cement News

Cemex is investing US$25m in a new fuel system at Rugby Cement plant in the UK as part of its ‘Future in Action’ programme to achieve carbon neutrality. The new system uses green hydrogen and will have the capability to operate at 100 per cent with alternative fuels. The system will be fully operational in June 2021. The project is part of a US$100m investment programme in the UK towards...

Argos recycles 7m cement bags

09 March 2021, Published under Cement News

Since the start of its Sacos Verdes (Green Bags) initiative in 2013, Colombia’s Argos, has recycled 7m bags. This year alone, 15,910 bags were recycled. The company’s customers have returned more than 1000t of paper, representing the saving of more than 10,000 trees and 80,200m3 of water – sufficient to supply 472,000 people in one day. Due to the initiative, the company has employed more tha...

ABB calls for faster adoption of high-efficiency motors and variable speed drives

05 March 2021, Published under Cement News

ABB has released a white paper " Achieving the Paris Agreement: The Vital Role of High-Efficiency Motors and Drives in Reducing Energy Consumption" that reveals the potential for significant energy efficiency improvements in industry and infrastructure enabled by the latest and most high-efficiency motors and variable speed drives. ABB is calling on governments and industry to accelerate adop...

MPA's Sustainability Report 2020 is released

04 March 2021, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has published its Sustainable Development Report 2020, which covers a range of data from 2019/20 and is aligned with MPA's seven main strategic priorities and the corresponding objectives and targets. Despite challenging circumstances, the report outlines improvements across the mineral products sector. Due to COVID-19, the UK economy is estimated t...

HeidelbergCement to partner in world's first low-carbon industrial cluster

HeidelbergCement to partner in world's first low-carbon industrial cluster

04 March 2021, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement's British subsidiary Hanson UK has become a partner in the HyNet North West consortium, which aims to create the world’s first low-carbon industrial cluster in the region of northwest England. The proposed hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) project will play a critical role in the UK’s transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the fight against cl...

Lafarge Africa to install baghouse at Ewekoro

02 March 2021, Published under Cement News

Nigeria’s Lafarge Africa has committed US$8m to change its current electrostatic precipitator to a baghouse at its Ewekoro plant. As a result, the company is planning to shut down the plant’s kilns for at least six months to make the improvement, according to The Punch. Khaled El-Dokani also noted alternative fuels currently make up 40 per cent of the plant’s fuel mix, while the target is ...

LafargeHolcim accelerated its sustainability in 2020

LafargeHolcim accelerated its sustainability in 2020

01 March 2021, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim accelerated its climate action this year with the launch of its net-zero pledge, as a signatory of the 'Business Ambition for 1.5°C'. The company set the most ambitious climate targets of its industry, validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reach net-carbon emissions of 475kg net of CO 2  per tonne of cementitious materials by 2030. Making progress on ...

EU calls for greater use of secondary raw materials

26 February 2021, Published under Cement News

The EU Parliament’s own-initiative report adopted this month calls for an upgrading of secondary raw materials. Among other things, it provides for stronger environment-oriented public procurement with mandatory minimum criteria, for example in the construction industry.   For the Euroslag European network and the FEhS Building Materials Institute, this is an important step towards a co...

Melón and Enel Generación sign renewable energy contract

24 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Chile-based Cemento Mélon has signed a contract with Enel Generación for the supply of clean and renewable energy in four of Mélon’s operations: the La Calera, Ventanas and Puerto Montt cement plants and the San Bernardo aggregates facility. The signed agreement will run until 2043 and includes the supply renewable energy from wind, solar, geothermal or hydropower with the option to expand th...

Research study claims only 14% of heavy industry is aligned with the Paris Agreement

18 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Research by the Transition Pathway Initiative finds that only 16 of 111 (14 per cent) large publicly-listed industrial companies are aligned with an emissions reduction pathway that would keep global warming at 2°C or below. The combined market cap of the 95 industrial companies failing to align with 2°C or below by 2050 is over US $856bn. The research analysed 169 companies in total. Of t...

Cemex Maceo plant has environmental licence modified

17 February 2021, Published under Cement News

The Regional Autonomous Corporation of Antioquia has notified Cemex Colombia that the modification of the environmental licence of the Maceo plant in Antioquia has been approved. This will allow the extraction of 990,000t of materials (clay and limestone) and the production of up to 1.5Mta of cement. This authorisation will enable the possibility of starting operations, the construction of th...

Hanson UK launches green hydrogen power unit

11 February 2021, Published under Cement News

A new green hydrogen power demonstration unit has been developed and installed at Hanson UK's Regen ground granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS) plant in Port Talbot, south Wales.This is part of the company's GBP9.2m 'Reducing Industrial Carbon Emissions' (RICE) project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The aim of the demonstration unit is to replace some of the nat...

Cemex appoints representative to the Brandenburg Sustainability Advisory Board

11 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Cemex SAB de CV has appointed Rudiger Kuhn as the Representative of the Economy on the Sustainability Advisory Board for the Federal State of Brandenburg, Germany. Rudiger Kuhn has worked at Cemex for more than 25 years and is the Chairman of the Board of Cemex Germany and Vice President of Materials for Central Europe.   Brandenburg is embracing the EU's 'Green Deal' economic change an...

LafargeHolcim and Schlumberger New Energy explore CCS

10 February 2021, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim and Schlumberger New Energy will explore the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions. The two companies will study the feasibility of capturing carbon from two LafargeHolcim cement plants, based in Europe and North America, using Schlumberger’s carbon sequestration technologies.   Magali Anderson, chief sustainability officer of LafargeHolcim: "Today’s annou...

Cemex is awarded CO2 capture grant from DoE

10 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Cemex SAB de CV has announced that its US operations have been awarded a grant from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to research, engineer and develop a pilot for a breakthrough carbon capture unit. The project, anchored to Cemex’s Victorville cement plant in California, will also contemplate cost-competitive solutions to completely close the loop on current carbon emissions. In this initi...

All of SIG’s cement plants now operate on alternative fuels

09 February 2021, Published under Cement News

PT Semen Indonesia Tbk (SMGR) has released a goal of getting all of its cement plants to operate on alternative fuel. This effort will also support the government’s aim of reducing Indonesia’s use of coal. "We want to provide a long-term solution in overcoming the problem of domestic waste that can have a positive impact on the environment and society at large," said SMGR Director, Hendi ...