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Heidelberg updates on sustainability efforts

18 September 2013, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has released its 2011/2012 Sustainability Report, highlighting topics and challenges for the German cement major in its drive for sustainable development. The new report, entitled "Foundations" also details the company's continous efforts and achievements such as reducing specific net CO2 emissions by 21 per cent and increasing its alternative fuels rate  to 21.7 per cent. Sustainable business practices form an integral of the business activities “Sustainable business pr...

CCS in the EU cement industry

10 September 2013, Published under Cement News

On 1 July 2013, the EU Zero Emissions Technology Platform (ZEP) – founded by the European Commission in 2005 to advise on research, policy and regulation for the promotion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) – published “CCS in EU energy-intensive industries”, a report on CCS in industries beyond the power sector. Emissions from the non-power sector made up 25 per cent of EU carbon emissions in 2010. CCS is for many of those industries the only available technology to cut emissions. The repo...

The devil is in the detail

04 September 2013, Published under Cement News

This year sees the start of Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, which will run until 2020. The best-practice benchmark set for CO2 emissions has generated plenty of discussion. Cement industry expert Phil Kerton looks at some of the detail. The EU Emissions Trading Scheme’s Phase III and its benchmarks have generated much debate Some recent discussions on internet forums have taken up the question of best-practice benchmarks, in particular the EU Emissions Trading Sche...

Reducing India's CO2 footprint

19 June 2013, Published under Cement News

India’s rapidly-expanding cement industry can reduce its carbon emissions by nearly half by 2050, according to the technology roadmap published by the International Energy Agency and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. However, reducing the sector’s carbon footprint will require many varied steps and a joint effort by its stakeholders. India’s cement industry can be considered, by some measures, one of the most efficient in the world and it has made great stride...

Norcem signs carbon capture project with Aker Solutions, Norway

17 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Aker Solutions has won a contract to test and study the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas emitted by the cement industry. The award from Norcem, in cooperation with the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) marks the first time technology to capture CO2 is used at a cement plant in Norway. Aker Solutions will perform long-term testing on the actual flue gas to select optimum chemical solvent for high content CO 2 flue gas at Norcem's plant in Brevik, Norway. Tests will b...

Cement at the heart of Europe

13 May 2013, Published under Cement News

A recent study by the Boston Consulting Group for CEMBUREAU claims that the cement industry has a key role to play in helping Europe achieve its goals of developing a sustainable, resource efficient and innovative society. ICR looks at the current challenges facing the region’s cement producers and what action its policymakers can take to help them remain competitive. Putting cement at the heart of Europe: the application of green concrete at the Royal Danish Playhouse in Copenhagen, ...

Lafarge Canada Inc in multi-partner initiative to invest $8m in low carbon fuels

06 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Canada Inc, Natural Resources Canada, the Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy and Carbon Management Canada announced in a statement that they are joining forces and investing more than $8m to develop innovative solutions to power Lafarge Canada's cement plant in Bath, Ontario, by re-using local surplus materials as low carbon fuels. This multi-partner initiative intends to produce low emission, low carbon fuels from local supplies such as construction and demolit...

ABB wins energy optimisation contract from CRH

01 February 2013, Published under Cement News

ABB has recently won a contract with CRH Europe Materials to provide process optimisation solutions for 12 of its plants in Europe and the US. CRH is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative. As such, the company has committed to a set of objectives covering issues such as CO2 and climate protection, emission protection and lower use of fuels and raw materials. Currently the data collection for calculating the required k...

Holcim Liban’s emission reduction efforts, Lebanon

28 November 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim Liban has reduced emissions significantly over the past three years, according to company officials. The Daily Star (Lebanon) reports that does emissions from Holcim’s Lebanon division have been cut by 82 per cent, while other dust emissions have been reduced by 22 per cent. Overall CO2 emissions per tonne of cement have been brought down by five per cent, according to the company’s latest environmental report.

EU ETS: 2011 cement update

19 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Cashing in on the lucrative EU emissions trading scheme has been a welcome safety net to many European cement producers during recent years of recession. However, the changes that will occur in Phase III of the scheme may see a drop in CO2 permit allocations by up to 15 per cent. Figure 1: share of EU surplus accumulated by company, 2008-11 Prices for permits for carbon dioxide (CO2) emission dropped by around 60 per cent in the 12 months up to mid-2012, at one stage passing be...