Cement News tagged: Environmental

Cembureau highlights role of cement industry in EU plastic waste disposal

18 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Following the European Commission's initiative to develop a dedicated plastics strategy in a circular economy, published on 16 January, the European cement association, Cembureau, has highlighted the part played by the cement industry in reducing plastic waste. Apart from the importance of the need for a ban on landfill of recoverable and recyclable waste, the organisation urges policymaker...

UltraTech to take waste of railway workshop

17 January 2018, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement has entered into an agreement with Golden Rock Railway Workshop based in Tamil Nadu, to take its waste for co-processing. The workshop expects to provide Ultratech with approximately 400t of zero-value non-hazardous waste over the next 3-6 months, according to The Hindu. "It is a win-win situation for both organisations as the zero-waste would serve as an alternative fuel i...

Republic Cement honoured with Quarry Operations Award

15 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Republic Cement’s Teresa, Rizal, plant site has won the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award-Platinum Achievement Award for Quarry Operations at the 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference in Baguio City. This honour is given to companies that have exhibited outstanding levels of dedication, initiative and innovation in working toward environmental protection...

Lafarge starts low-carbon fuel research project

12 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Canada Inc, in cooperation with the University of Calgary, Queen’s University and Pembina Institute, is carrying out a million-dollar study on the environmental benefits of introducing lower-carbon fuels at its Exshaw Cement plant in Alberta, Canada. “Our estimates show each 20 per cent incremental replacement of natural gas at the Exshaw Cement Plant with lower carbon fuels could r...

Vicat enters EUR1.3m ARM venture with Serpol

Vicat enters EUR1.3m ARM venture with Serpol

11 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Vicat and Serpol have entered a EUR1.3m joint venture, Terenvie, to treat oil-polluted soil and turn it to cleaned, mineral-rich land. This source of silica or clay can then be used as “a partial replacement (five per cent) of quarry materials, to save natural resources without impacting the quality of the cement, perfectly standardised,” said Stéphane Rutkowski, manager at Vicat. Earthwork...

Punjab cement industry to be regulated after three decades

08 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The cement industry in Punjab, Pakistan, is being brought under regulatory control of the provincial government again, after 29 years. The decision to once again regulate the cement industry was taken during a marathon meeting of a committee, led by Chief Secretary Zahid Saeed, two days ago at the Civil Secretariat. Five provincial ministers, several administrative secretaries of the depart...

Loma Negra to buy 15MW of renewable energy from Genneia

Loma Negra to buy 15MW of renewable energy from Genneia

05 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Argentina’s Loma Negra will purchase 15MW of power from renewable energy company Genneia. The power will be generated by Genneia’s Rawson wind farm in Chubut province. Genneia has invested US$40m to expand the installed capacity of the wind farm by 24MW to 108.7MW. Most of the additional power will be bought by Loma Negra in a 20-year power supply agreement that will see the cement company l...

Vietnam to place 28 industrial facilities under special environmental control

05 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) in Vietnam is planning to place 28 industrial production facilities across a range of sectors under special environmental control, reports Vietnam Net. MONRE has highlighted the cement industry as being one of the industrial production sectors at a high-risk level. The special control project will assess the efforts of fac...

Beijing's pollution control measures on industry result in improved air quality

05 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Beijing experienced the best air quality in 2017 since pollution control measures were introduced five years ago, reports Free Malaysia Today. As part of these measures, the city closed six cement plants and completed upgrades in other industrial sectors. The average PM2.5 level, measuring particulate pollution, was 58μg/m 3 in 2017, a decrease of 20.5 per cent from the previous year. Th...

Bamburi Cement suspends plans to switch to solar power

18 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Bamburi Cement has put its plans to switch to solar power on hold, reports Standard Digital. The high cost of the project has left the company to resort to other methods to reduce its rising energy expenses, such as using waste tyres for fuel.  Bamburi Cement spends KES2.4bn (US$23.2m) annually on electricity to run its two plants in Mombasa and Nairobi. These figures make it the second-hig...

Cementos Argos sets up waste recycling company

11 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Colombian cement producer Cementos Argos announced the creation of Granulados Reciclados de Colombia, a company that will recycle construction waste into aggregates, bases and subbases. The new firm will operate from Argos' Cota plant in Cundinamarca and will process up to 200tph of waste into wood, metal, plastic and stone as well as up to 1Mta of construction waste.

Cemex receives waste tyre hoard in Queretaro

08 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Cemex is taking used tyres off the street in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico, thanks to a local authority initiative to clean up tyres left on vacant urban land and in the drainage system of the city. The Mayor Marcos Aguilar Vega announced that up to 3905 wheels were collected during the first Llantaton 2017, held a few weeks ago, and that add to that are harvested during the year. "So as...

Cement Association of Canada welcomes Alberta’s output-based allocation system

07 December 2017, Published under Cement News

The Cement Association of Canada has welcomed the publication of the Alberta government’s overarching policy framework for the output-based allocation system (OBAS). The new system marks a step change from the current Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) in the state. The OBAS will set an industry-specific performance benchmark for emissions-intensive, trade-exposed industries (EITEs). ...

Possible relief from petcoke ban for India’s cement sector?

06 December 2017, Published under Cement News

The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) is likely to exempt the cement industry from the partial petcoke ban for industrial use, according to a report in The Hindustan Times. The government has moved forward a proposal as Solicitor General A Nadkarni informed the Supreme Court that the use of petcoke in the cement industry was minimal and for non-fuel purposes, according to the ...

EPA to take Irish cement to court re emissions incident

04 December 2017, Published under Cement News

The Environmental Protection Agency has initiated legal proceedings against Irish Cement for alleged breaches of its operating licence at its Limerick plant. The EPA has confirmed to the Limerick Leader it has issued a summons to the company, relation to the emissions from the Castlemungret cement pant.  The case is scheduled to come before a sitting of Limerick District Court on 2 March 2...

Jammu & Kashmir government plans co-processing of plastic waste

01 December 2017, Published under Cement News

In India, the Jammu and Kashmir government is considering the use of polythene and plastic material waste, which accounts for around 20 per cent of waste collection, to fire cement and brick kilns, in line with the National Green Tribunal’s guidelines to the 2016 solid waste management rules. The move was discussed in a meeting led by Pradeep Singh, advisor to the Chief Minister of Jammu and...