Cement News tagged: Environmental

CEFC finance helps ResourceCo turn waste into fuel

22 May 2017, Published under Cement News

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), Australia, is lending AUD30m to ResourceCo to build two new plants that will transform selected non-recyclable waste streams into Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF). This solid fuel will initially be used locally but will also be exported as an alternative to coal and gas for cement kilns in Asia. The first plant is to be built at Wetherill Park in...

HeidelbergCement launches fourth edition of Quarry Life Award

17 May 2017, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has launched the fourth edition of competition to boost biodiversity in quarries. The 'Quarry Life Award' targets innovative approaches to study and boost biodiversity at quarry sites and aims to raise awareness about mining ecology. New in this fourth edition is the separate assessment of scientific and community project ideas. To participate in this competition, students, ...

MPA publishes latest Sustainable Development Performance summary

15 May 2017, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has published its 2016 Sustainable Development (SD) Performance Summary which it states demonstrates the Mineral Products industry's commitment to action on sustainability and evidence based reporting. The key highlights include: • Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate - MPA members' Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate deteriorated slightly from 3.25 to 3.79....

Tokyo Cement inaugurates second biomass power plant

11 May 2017, Published under Cement News

Sri Lankan cement producer Tokyo Cement has officially opened its second biomass power plant at Trincomalee in the presence of country president Maithripala Sirisena, Daily News (Sri Lanka) reported. The Tokyo Eastern Biomass Plant began construction in 2015 with an investment of over LKR2.5bn (US$16.3m). The plant will contribute 70GWh per year to the national grid, generated using industri...

MI Cement signs MoUs with Housing and Building Research Institute

MI Cement signs MoUs with Housing and Building Research Institute

09 May 2017, Published under Cement News

MI Cement Factory or Crown Cement and GPH Ispat have signed two separate memoranda of understanding with the Housing and Building Research Institute to develop environment-friendly construction materials. The two agreements were signed by Crown Cement Executive Director, Md Habibur Rahman Mollah, GPH Ispat Director, Md Ashrafuzzaman, and Housing and Building Research Institute Director Engin...

Aker Solutions wins Norcem carbon capture study contract

26 April 2017, Published under Cement News

Aker Solutions has won a contract for concept studies at Norcem's cement production facility in Brevik, and Yara International's ammonia plant on Herøya, Norway. Norcem and Yara are among three companies in the running to receive funding from the Norwegian government to build and operate a full-scale carbon capture plant at their respective facilities. The government aims to fund at lea...

Orient Cement becomes CSI member

Orient Cement becomes CSI member

26 April 2017, Published under Cement News

Orient Cement Ltd, part of the CK Birla Group, announced that it has joined the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI). The Indian cement producer expects membership of this initiative to give further impetus to its efforts to create a safe and ecologically favourable environment and is in line with its vision to be the “employer of choice” and the “neighbour of choice” in the geographies wh...

The Netherlands: first Concrete Sustainability Council certificates awarded

19 April 2017, Published under Cement News

The first certificates for Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) responsible sourcing were awarded during Building Holland, one of the major trade fairs for building, renovation and redevelopment in The Netherlands. The first companies that successfully finished the process were two ready-mixed concrete producers (both silver), two precast producers (both bronze) and a producer of raw mater...

CalPortland with 2017 Energy Star® Partner of the year - Sustained Excellence

11 April 2017, Published under Cement News

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognised CalPortland with a 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. CalPortland’s accomplishments will be recognised by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC on...

Philippine cement makers require permit less

27 March 2017, Published under Cement News

The Philippine Mines and Geoscienes Bureau (MGB) has removed the need for cement producers and holders of quarry and industrial sand and gravel permits to secure a mineral processing permit (MPP) with immediate effect. The bureau defined "mineral processing" as covering milling, beneficiation, leaching, smelting, cyanidation, calcination or upgrading of ores, minerals, rocks, mill tailings,...

Falling crude oil challenges uptrend, China cuts coal capacity

17 March 2017, Published under Cement News

By Frank O Brannvoll, Cimeurope sarl, Belgium Last month the US$/EUR trading range was set at €1.04-1.08 and has held within €1.05-1.075 at €1.0720. Other than the US Federal Reserve Bank raising its overnight rate by 0.25 per cent to one per cent, there is no other major news. The increase did not have an impact on the US$/EUR rate with the expected range going forward between €1.05-1...

APC: Moroccan cement producers use renewables for 80% of energy requirements

16 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Moroccan cement producers source about 80 per cent of its energy from renewable energy sources, Mohamed Chaibi, president of the Moroccan cement association, APC, said. Leading the way is LafargeHolcim Maroc as three of its cement plants use mainly wind energy, up to 85 per cent of the total, thanks to its own wind farm near by. The company has also concluded power purchase contracts with ...

Fiji: Pacific Cement and Tengy Cement sued over clinker shipments

16 March 2017, Published under Cement News

The Fiji Fish Marketing Group is suing Pacific Cement, Tengy Cement and a third company, citing damage caused by the offloading of clinker in Lami, the Fiji Times reports. The Fish Marketing Group claims that the clinker has caused damage to its property and presents a risk to human health, adding that it has been forced to close its factory during the offloading process. The hearing beg...

South Africa's proposed carbon tax could cost PPC ZAR90m

15 March 2017, Published under Cement News

South Africa’s proposed draft carbon tax bill published in November could see PPC liable for an estimated ZAR90m in carbon tax, according to Pretoria News. However, PPC CEO, Darryl Castle, said the cement producer was currently looking at a number of initiatives to reduce this tax burden. He added that the tax regime did not apply to imports into South Africa. Furthermore, he said it had no...

UAE: Arkan testing hazardous waste recycling

16 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and Arkan have agreed a test project which will see hazardous waste material from smelting pots recycled for use as cement kiln fuel. EGA is the largest industrial unit of Mubadala Investment Company, Abu Dhabi’s strategic development conglomerate. EGA said yesterday that it would provide between 1000-3000t of the spent smelter pot inner-lining (carbon waste ...

Myanmar: Mandalay plants ordered to install emissions monitoring equipment

15 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Mandalay's region government has ordered the cement factories in Kyaukse and Thazi townships to install air-testing devices. The Environmental Conservation Department conducted an investigation on cement factories’ emissions in February and instructed the plants to install two devices, gas and ambient analysers. "I've reported the cement factories in Kyaukse to the government after the ...