Cement News tagged: Environmental

Irish Cement to receive fossil fuel replacement go-ahead

14 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Limerick City and County Council have informed Irish Cement of their intention to grant the cement producer planning permission for its fossil fuel replacement project at its Mungret plant in Limerick, Ireland. The Mungret works is the last remaining cement plant in Ireland to start a fossil fuel replacement programme. The practice has been successfully used in Ireland for the past nine yea...

EU: cap on emissions windfall set at 2.2% per year

10 March 2017, Published under Cement News

The European Parliament and the Council (Environment Ministers) agreed on 28 February its negotiating position for the revision of the Emission Trading System (EU ETS), says Cembureau. According to the proposed directive, now due for deliberation in a trilogue of meetings. The cap on emissions will fall by 2.2 per cent a year – the so-called linear reduction factor – until at least 2024. Thi...

Irish Cement granted permission for Limerick plans

10 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Limerick City and County Council has granted Irish Cement planning permission for an extension to its facility in Mungret. A spokesperson for the local authority stated permission for the development has been granted subject to 16 conditions, which were not fully disclosed.

Lafarge Jordan tells staff to have three-month paid vacation

09 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Jordan (LafaregHolcim group) announced on Saturday that it was giving its workers at the Fuheis cement factory a three-month paid vacation to reduce costs.

 The paid vacation went into effect as of 2 March, according to Lafarge, which said in a statement that it guarantees full commitment to the financial and administrative rights of the cement factory workers during the paid leave....

 Myanmar: Mawlamyine Cement ordered to redo environmental study

Myanmar: Mawlamyine Cement ordered to redo environmental study

09 March 2017, Published under Cement News

The government of Mon State, Myanmar, has ordered another environmental impact assessment on Mawlamyine Cement Ltd (MCL), according to Soe Naing, head of the Mon State's environmental conservation department. “Ohn Win, minister for natural resources and environmental conservation, directed us to confirm the report was conducted by a third-party organisation. So we will have to conduct an as...

SINTEF partnership brings commercial carbon capture close

09 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Hawaii-based Westec Environmental Solutions (WES) is partnering with SINTEF in Norway to push forward the development of carbon capture with more advanced technology. WES's innovative contractor design captures CO 2 with the assistance of a solvent. This approach has the advantage over previous technologies in that the vessels are compact and can tolerate solids formed by precipitates wit...

United States: St Marys Cement Detroit plant releases dust

United States: St Marys Cement Detroit plant releases dust

08 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Residents living near St Marys Cement’s Detroit plant have complained of releases of dust by the plant, according to reports in the local press. News website Local 4 details the case of a family living opposite the plant whose car was coated in material that proved difficult to remove. A statement released by the plant, which is owned by a subsidiary of Votorantim Cimentos, said that: “t...

Zambia: three companies awarded Nyimba limestone mining rights

07 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Three companies have been awarded prospecting rights for limestone mining in Nyimba District, Eastern province, Zambia. GTJ Ltd working with the Zambia Consolidated Mines Investment Holding (ZCCM-IH), Vikram Investment and Zawari Natural Resources Ltd are the entities that have been given the rights. Ministry of Mines Permanent Secretary, Paul Chanda, said, "Government has given three co...

Irish Cement to reduce fossil fuel use, plans WHR project

01 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Irish Cement is currently preparing to replace fossil fuels at its Platin works in Co Meath, Ireland. The project started with a planning application to Meath County Council in November 2015, and will shortly be lodged with An Bord Pleanála for decision. At present, a series of public information briefing sessions is scheduled to take place between 2-4 March 2017. The application is ...

Ireland: council to monitor Irish Cement Mungret emissions

01 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Limerick City and County Council is to set up a station to monitor the air quality near the Irish Cement plant in Mungret. The move comes ahead of a planned demonstration in opposition to the firm’s plans to use tyres and plastics at its site instead of fossil fuels to produce cement. Irish Cement stated that due to the fact that the burning will take place at such a high temperature (1500˚...

UK: Quinn Cement seeks sustainable future

24 February 2017, Published under Cement News

To achieve a more sustainable manufacturing process and further decrease imported fossil fuel consumption, Quinn Cement has adopted the use of alternative fuels from local residual waste materials to co-fuel production. The introduction of solid recovered fuel (SRF) into the manufacturing process has already begun, with the potential for the company to reduce its use of coal by up to 50 per ...

USA: fire at LafargeHolcim Hagerstown plant

23 February 2017, Published under Cement News

According to several local news sources, approximately 100 firefighters worked to extinguish a conveyor belt fire at LafargeHolcim’s cement plant in Hagerstown, USA. It is unclear in which part of the facility the conveyor belt caught fire. No injuries resulted from the fire. Local Fire Department Deputy Chief, Adam Hopkins: "We had an overloaded conveyor belt catch fire and burn. The fire ...

Lithuania’s waste targets under scrutiny as government ponders CHP decision

17 February 2017, Published under Cement News

The Lithuanian Parliament Committee on Environment Protection has suggested that the Government should adopt a final decision on the construction of waste-fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Vilnius and Kaunas only after the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy is adopted, scheduled to be at the end of the year.  The committee also advised that the government should carry out...

Cembureau welcomes European Parliament's approach to EU-ETS policymaking

16 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Cembureau has reponded to this week's vote in Strasbourg by the European Parliament, welcoming its decision not to deliberately discriminate between sectors and to apply a fact-based approach to policymaking on the EU-ETS post-2020 bill. Cembureau said the proposals adopted by MEPs go some way to developing an EU-ETS, which combines the goals of making Europe’s industry more CO 2 efficient, ...

LafargeHolcim to host innovation start-ups

10 February 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has launched a plan to scale up its access to innovative construction solutions through collaborating with entrepreneurs. The Start-Up Accelerator will offer young companies on-site accommodation and the use of the facilities at the Group's Research & Development Center in Lyon, France, to develop, test, and market their solutions in construction and urban planning. Group Head...

USA: Cupertino plant under pressure to reduce noise

10 February 2017, Published under Cement News

The Lehigh Southwest Cupertino cement plant was noise tested for 25 days in October and only recorded one day with higher readings than expected. The results were shared during a city council meeting on 24 Jan. City staff presented the council with findings from a city noise monitoring study that was done continuously 3-28 Oct 2016, at two residential locations near the facility in California...