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Indonesia – HeidelbergCement signs first Indonesian carbon finance deal

09 June 2004, Published under Cement News

Indocement, part of the HeidelbergCement group, has signed an agreement with the World Bank-managed Prototype Carbon Fund (PCF) regarding the sale of CO2 reduction certificates as part of a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project covering the 2005-2012 period. Under the CDM investments in emission reduction measures in developing countries are recognised in the form of emission certificates, which can be used or sold in the EU Emission Trading Scheme. The project is a first in the Sout...

USA – Holcim clear last major hurdle for Ste Genevieve works.

08 June 2004, Published under Cement News

After five years of clearing the legal terrain to building its plant in St Genevieve County, Holcim received the required air pollution permit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Spokeswoman Nancy Tully welcomed the event, saying : “We’re very excited. We are moving forward at this moment to select a contractor and begin construction.” However, environmental groups have filed two lawsuits and more litigation has not been excluded over the granted air permit. They are concer...

UK – No public enquiry into Westbury

06 June 2004, Published under Cement News

The UK government has rejected calls for a public enquiry into plans to burn recycled liquid fuel at Lafarge’s Westbury plant. Environment minister Elliot Morley said “It would not be normal to have a public enquiry in these circumstances.” He added that the vetting process has sufficient safeguards and that the application is subject to the Environmental Agency Substitute Fuels Protocol and will involve the local Primary Care Trust, a statutory consultee under the regulations. Residents...

UK – RMC Group wins EU Process Award for Sustainable Development 2004

04 June 2004, Published under Cement News

RMC Group, based in Rugby, has won the 2004 European Environment Award in the Process category. The award celebrates special efforts by companies to implement sustainable approaches in their activities, according to EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström. Rugby’s plant General Manager Bob Millard commented: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award in competition with a strong league of finalists from across the European continent.” Rugby invested in a new high-tech kiln ...

Zambia – Cutting building costs

02 June 2004, Published under Cement News

The University of Zambia’s Technology Development and Advisory Unit (TDAU) has developed a technology that could reduce the cost of making building blocks by at least 50 per cent. Known as the Stabilised soil-cement block technology, it uses specially prepared suitable soil and stabilises it by adding a small amount of cement and water. The block is then compressed by high-compaction presses, delivering a block that is at least as strong as the concrete equivalent. The new technology is ...

Quinn goes green

01 June 2004, Published under Cement News

Irish entrepreneur  Sean Quinn has invested about €40 million in wind energy company Airtricity, giving him a 16 per cent stake. Airtricity said his investment was part of an €80 million private placement, which valued the company at €250 million. Existing shareholder National Toll Roads (NTR) also contributed €40 million to the fundraising and consequently has maintained its 51 per cent stake. Mr Quinn’s firm, the Quinn Group, will be seeking board representation on the back of its investme...

USA – Essroc downsizes but keeps environmental promise

26 May 2004, Published under Cement News

Essroc is reconsidering the scale of its Plant 1 upgrade, scheduled for completion in 2005. While company officials have released few details about the revised plans, they have confirmed they will keep their promise to improve the plant’s dust control. In a written statement, Essroc’s president and COO George Gregory, said: “Essroc will absolutely stand by all environmental commitments previously provided to regulators and the community.” After the Department of Environmental Protecti...

USA – Essroc downsizes but keeps environmental promise

26 May 2004, Published under Cement News

Essroc is reconsidering the scale of its Plant 1 upgrade, scheduled for completion in 2005. While company officials have released few details about the revised plans, they have confirmed they will keep their promise to improve the plant’s dust control. In a written statement, Essroc’s president and COO George Gregory, said: “Essroc will absolutely stand by all environmental commitments previously provided to regulators and the community.” After the Department of Environmental Protecti...

Europe – Gearing up for ETS

26 May 2004, Published under Cement News

More and more major corporations are incorporating climate change issues into their business decisions in the run-up to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), revealed a major industry survey of the Financial Times 500 Global Index by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In “high impact” sectors such as mining, power generation and the cement industry, 65 per cent of companies that took part in the survey are now measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions – up from 51 per cent last ...

Italy - Italcementi develops eco cement

25 May 2004, Published under Cement News

Italcementi announced on 25 May at the Milan congress of the Italian Federation of Scientific and Technical Associations that it had developed a special type of ecological cement that would allow large cities to tackle NOx emissions. When in contact with sunlight, the product’s components release substances that will neutralise the polluting effects of nitrogen oxide. Levels of CO2 and SO2 are also expected to go down. Designed to coat large urban surfaces such as roads, its develope...