Cement News tagged: Environmental

EU reaches agreement on stricter air pollution limits

20 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The European Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a directive to reduce emissions of air pollutants on 30 June 2016. The new National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD) sets stricter national limits on the emissions of several hazardous pollutants, including SO2, NO x and fine particulates and aims to cut the number of premature deaths from air pollution...

CSI: trend of continuous decline in CO2 emissions by cement industry

19 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The Cement Sustainability Initiative’s (CSI) recently-published “Getting The Numbers Right” (GNR) report for 2014 has identified a trend of continuous reduction in CO2 emissions by the cement industry over the last decade. “The 2014 results show the European cement industry is maintaining the improvements of recent years and this in line with its low carbon economy roadmap. According to the...

Malaysia: Lafarge to pay for dust cleaning

16 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Sdn Bhd has agreed to bear the cost of cleaning up the homes of residents in three villages affected by dust accidentally released from one of its plants last Monday as a result of repair works on a blocked processing unit. Factory Manager, Sekar Kaliannan, said Lafarge would follow up by to implement a group insurance coverage for residents in surrounding villages. State ...

US environmentalists to set out case against Orcem plant

16 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Environmental activists will today take their case against a proposed Orcem cement plant and marine terminal to the public, according to local media reports. The proposed project is to be built in Vallejo to the north of San Francisco and will consist of a 0.5Mta grinding plant producing cement from GBFS, to be expanded to 0.9Mta in subsequent phases. Opponents of the scheme have branded...

Nigeria: producers encouraged to use tyres as raw material

Nigeria: producers encouraged to use tyres as raw material

15 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has approached local cement producers, encouraging them to use tyres as a raw material for firing kilns. Acting Director General of SON, Dr Paul Angya, said, “We are looking for environmentally-friendly ways of disposing seized tyres. That is why we are talking to cement companies and another company in Kwara state that said they can use tyres as ...

Canada: Lafarge improving environmental impact

13 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has completed a CAD20m (US$15.3m) modernisation project at its Exshaw plant in Alberta. The works focussed on improving the plant’s environmental impact but also nearly doubled output from 1.3Mta to 2.2Mta. The retrofit was carried out on the plant’s kiln No. 5, alongside the construction of a new state-of-the-art kiln No. 6. While completing this project, which was started in 2013,...

Mexico: Ventika wind park officially opened

Mexico: Ventika wind park officially opened

13 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated the Ventika wind park in General Bravo, Nuevo León. The facility has a capacity of 252MW and is expected to generate 1mkWh annually. The project was developed by a consortium consisting of Acciona, the capital fund Blackstone, Cemex Energía and Fisterra Energy. Construction finished December 2015 and the park started operation last April. ...

USA: Cemex Lyons wins PCA Energy and Environment award

13 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The US Portland Cement Association (PCA) has awarded Cemex USA Lyons cement plant with its 2016 Energy and Environment Award for Land Stewardship. The Lyons plant’s award-winning land-stewardship programme, which was launched in 2008, included limiting invasive plants and weeds, and cultivating native plants to attract local wildlife and migrating birds. The plant also optimised its quarry r...

Cementos Argos is Dow Jones' Sustainability winner in construction materials

12 September 2016, Published under Cement News

For the fourth consecutive year, Cementos Argos was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) this time as an industry leader for construction materials, with results that support its leadership in social, environmental and economic issues. "The permanence in this index confirms our business model, in which we start with sustainability and innovation as pillars of the strategy ...

Environmental award for Lucky Cement

07 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's Lucky Cement Ltd has been awarded the 13th Annual Environmental Excellence Award 2016, presented at the ‘Making Our Cities Sustainable’ conference organised by the National Forum for Environment and Health. The award recognised Lucky Cement’s contribution to sustainable development and economic growth of the country. CEO of Lucky Cement, Amin Ganny, said, "Conserving the environm...

IENova to buy Ventika wind farm

06 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Infraestructura Energétia Nova (IENova) signed an agreement on Monday with the Blackstone Energy Group to buy Ventika I and II wind parks, which are operated by Cemex. The acquisition carries a value of US$852m. This includes a purchase price of US$375m plus an additional US$477m in funding. Ventika consists of 84 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 252MW and is the largest wind...

Green cement volumes to rise at a CARG of 7.6% up to 2024

06 September 2016, Published under Cement News

According to report published by Grand View Research, global green cement market is expected to reach US$37.76bn by 2024. Growing awareness regarding reduction in carbon emissions and its detrimental effect on the environment will fuel market growth. The commercial sector will be the fastest-growing green cement market and is expected to witness volume growth at a CAGR of 7.6 per cent from...

Cemex awarded for environmental efforts

02 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemex was awarded the Honourable Mention for the 2016 National Award of Ecological Merit by Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources. The award is the most important environmental recognition in Mexico and was given to Cemex for its restoration and conservation efforts under its El Carmen Conservation Program. The programme has aided the population increase of various endan...

LafargeHolcim Martres-Tolosane plant installs whole-tyre injection system

01 September 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has installed a whole-tyre injection system at its plant at Martres-Tolosane, near Toulouse, France. The equipment will enable the cement manufacturer to use around 4000 tyres per day as alternative fuel to fire its kiln, representing 15 per cent of the thermal input. The tyres will reduce the share of petcoke in the plant’s fuel mix from 75 to 60 per cent. The works already u...

Cementos Molins applies to raise tyre use

25 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Recognising the need to increase its use of tyres as fuel to fire its kiln, Cementos Molins is applying to extend its licence. Initially, Catalonia’s provincial government authorised Cementos Molins to burn 5000t of tyres as fuel for its kiln in its Sant Vicenç dels Horts plant, but following the success of the operation, the cement producer has now applied to raise this figure to 20,000t. ...

Dominican Republic: Cemex carries out reforestation at San Pedro de Macorís

24 August 2016, Published under Cement News

With the help of 100 volunteer employees, Cemex organised a reforestation day at the quarry of its San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican Republic as part of its “Manos a la Obra” (Hands to work) programme. The day saw the planting of 5000 trees native and endemic to the island of Hispaniola.  “At Cemex we are committed to minimising the environmental footprint of our operations. Therefore, w...