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Spanish importers voice concerns over EU carbon border tax plans

07 April 2020, Published under Cement News

A Spanish importer of clinker has submitted feedback to the European Commission regarding the carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), stating that, if implemented, the EU must ensure that importers are not paying more for carbon in comparison to local manufacturers. "If the CBAM is to be introduced alongside the EU ETS then it must be adjusted so the total price of carbon per tonne is not any higher than the local producer (competitor) is paying averaged over his total production includ...

New opportunities for Europe

07 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Dr Michael Clark looks at how the EU ETS is expected to change the face of European clinker manufacture. With the price of carbon credits rising, it could become more economically viable to import clinker and grind it upon arrival in Europe through the use of smaller grinding facilities. By Dr Michael Clark, UK. Cem’In’EU’s new facility in Tonneins, southwest France, is an example of the new wave of clinker-importing grinding units expected to arrive The summer of 2019 has se...

AfriSam will use carbon tax to as an incentive for energy innovations

02 July 2019, Published under Cement News

AfriSam's Cementitious Executive, Hannes Meyer, highlighted the potential of South Africa's new carbon tax to incentivise energy-saving innovation. The new carbon tax came into force on 1 June 2019 and AfriSam has been preparing for this change. Speaking at a presentation to media at its Dudfield cement plant near Lichtenburg in the North West province, Mr Meyer said AfriSam continues to cut the carbon footprint of its cement. Efforts focus on using less energy in the production of clinker,...

PPC to shut down kiln to meet emission standards

01 July 2019, Published under Cement News

South Africa’s PPC has stated that it expects to pay around ZAR120m (US$8.5m) as a result of the new carbon tax and will also shut down a kiln at its Port Elizabeth (PE) facility to meet the new emission standards. "I think it’s something that we as a country need to debate as to whether this is the right time for carbon tax, be that as a company we support a cleaner environment," said Njombo Lekula, managing director of the SA Cement division. The company expects around 30 jobs to be ...

South Africa's carbon tax: an opportunity for eco-cements

10 June 2019, Published under Cement News

On 26 May 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed off South Africa's Carbon Tax Act, which came into effect on 1 June. The financial impact on South Africa's cement sector should intensify carbon emission reduction programmes and accelerate the trend towards the production of eco-blended cements, but it could also have a negative effect of encouraging cheaper imports. In this first phase, a tax of ZAR120/t (US$8/t) of CO 2 emitted will be in place. However, polluters receive 60-95 per cent ...

South Africa's carbon tax: an opportunity for eco-cements

07 June 2019, Published under Cement News

On 26 May 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed off South Africa's Carbon Tax Act, which came into effect on 1 June. The financial impact on South Africa's cement sector should intensify carbon emission reduction programmes and accelerate the trend towards the production of eco-blended cements, but it could also have a negative effect of encouraging cheaper imports. In this first phase, a tax of ZAR120/t (US$8/t) of CO 2 emitted will be in place. However, polluters receive 60-95 per cent ...

Canada updates its carbon emissions tax policy

03 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Canada's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change updated its carbon tax policy framework this week and revealed that subsidy rates for industrial emitters were up across the board, but that cement, steel-making, lime and nitrogen fertiliser companies would be entitled to the highest subsidies. "We've been clear since the beginning that we would consult with industry and environmental experts to find the best ways to reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency and stay competitive — and t...

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 not been meaningfully implemented elsewhere and Australia had scrapped a similar initiative due to the...

Cement Association of Canada welcomes BC government action on Carbon Tax

19 February 2015, Published under Cement News

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) welcomes the British Columbia (BC) government's efforts to improve the province's carbon tax. The BC Carbon Tax is applied only to domestically produced cement while imported cement from the US and Asia is exempt, resulting in net losses to both the BC economy and the broader fight to reduce GHGs, the CAC notes. With local manufacturers facing higher costs under the carbon tax, cement imports from jurisdictions without a carbon policy have risen signifi...

CAC calls on British Columbia government to change how cement carbon tax is applied

13 May 2014, Published under Cement News

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is calling on the British Columbia government to change how the carbon tax is applied to the cement sector. "The cement industry wants to be part of the solution to climate change through equitable application of the carbon tax," says CAC President and CEO Michael McSweeney. "We continue to push the government to live up to its own Budget 2013 and B.C. Standing Committee on Finance recommendations to examine the carbon tax and address the devastating...