Cement News tagged: Environmental

Aceh's coastline damaged by PT Lafarge Cement Indonesia's coal spill

07 August 2018, Published under Cement News

PT Lafarge Cement Indonesia, (LafargeHolcim) is likely to face a hefty environmental clear up bill after a barge spilt 700t of coal off the Sumatra coast, polluting beaches, damaging coral and impacting marine life. The incident occurred on July 30, when the barge, reportedly carrying coal to the Aceh cement factory,  was hit by high waves just 100m (330ft) off Lampuuk Beach in Aceh Besar dis...

Holcim Philippines moves coal stockpile after spill

06 August 2018, Published under Cement News

To prevent the repeat of a coal spill that has polluted the shores of Bacnotan, Holcim Philippines Inc has moved its temporary coal stockpile to enclosed storage areas and put up three additional siltation pond, according to the Philippine Daily Enquirer. Coal at the original stockpile was washed down by heavy rains, resulting in “water coming from the mountain to create a gap in the benche...

Canada updates its carbon emissions tax policy

03 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Canada's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change updated its carbon tax policy framework this week and revealed that subsidy rates for industrial emitters were up across the board, but that cement, steel-making, lime and nitrogen fertiliser companies would be entitled to the highest subsidies. "We've been clear since the beginning that we would consult with industry and environmental exper...

Boral's Geelong grinding unit wins environmental approval

02 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Victoria's planning tribunal has given the approval for the Boral to construct a 1.3Mta clinker grinding facility at Geelong Port without further environmental monitoring. The Environment Protection Authority approved the construction of the AUS$100m (US$73.7m) facility on vacant land in the Lascelles Wharf precinct last October. However a local man took the EPA to the Victorian Civil and...

Lloseta plant applies for raw material extension

Lloseta plant applies for raw material extension

02 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex's Lloseta cement plant in Spain has applied for permission to extract a maximum of 15Mt of raw material from its quarry of Can Negret, Alaró, until 2032. The cement producers has presented the project to the Ministry of Treball in line with the Balearic mining ordinance of 2014. It also has drawn up a plan for the restoration following exploitation. The project will need to obtain perm...

New report predicts rising pressure on producers to cut emissions

19 July 2018, Published under Cement News

A new report by Moody’s Investors Service suggests that the cement industry could face demand growth of 12-23 per cent by 2050, resulting in a challenge to meet this demand and still make large-scale carbon emissions cuts. "Regulation of the industry is likely to increase and a rise in carbon prices under the EU-ETS combined with a reduction in allowances to the cement sector would have a sig...

Vietnamese authorities enforce environmental control

Vietnamese authorities enforce environmental control

18 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Authorities in Quang Ngai province, Vietnam, have threatened to shut down a plant in Binh Dong Commune if its management does not improve air quality and dust emissions, according to Viet Nam News. The 0.5Mta facility began operations in 2012 and received upgrades in 2015 but is still reportedly affecting local villagers. The provincial chairman, Tran Ngoc Cang, said the province wanted to re...

Cementos Fortaleza to burn El Huixmí tyres

16 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Cementos Fortaleza will play a key part in disposing of 867t of tyres that were stockpiled in the El Huixmí sanitary landfill in Pachuca de Soto, Mexico. Municipal president, Yolanda Tellería Beltrán, said the removal of the tyres from the landfill site had started in January and had now been completed. "The cement company has all the equipment and technology to protect against contaminants...

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

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

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...