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Ireland - €10m environment-friendly blow to CRH

25 January 2004, Published under Cement News

New government measures to make up to 25 per cent of all cement used in public projects more environment-friendly could deliver a €10m blow to CRH. Draft proposals, which aim to push annual CO2 emissions down by about 300,000t, are currently under consideration by environment minister Martin Cullen. When in place, they would force the cement producer to convert some of its plants to produce so-called “eco-cement” or alternatively, purchase it from third sources. However, profit margins for t...

USA – Holcim moving closer to Genevieve works

23 January 2004, Published under Cement News

Holcim Inc was granted a draft clean air permit by the state’s Air Pollution Control programme for its proposed works just in Genevieve County. The 108-page permit details operational specifications for the plant and related quarry with allowable pollution levels, record keeping and air monitoring requirements. The permit proposal received support from local officials, legislators and others, who had been calling on the state to approve the document, saying the new plant would bring need...

World – Global Greenhouse Gas Register launched at Davos

22 January 2004, Published under Cement News

The World Economic Forum, currently in session at Davos, officially launched the Global Greenhouse Gas Register, developed in partnership with key international business and environmental organisations. The Register aims to stimulate disclosure and management of companies’ global climate-related emissions. To date, 10 companies, covering about five per cent of global Annex-1 greenhouse gas emissions, have confirmed their commitment to the Register, including cement producers Cemex, Lafar...

UK – Government tightens emission abatement targets

20 January 2004, Published under Cement News

The UK government has come under fire from industry after proposing a 16.3 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2008 when compared with 1990 levels. A Department of Trade Regulatory News Service statement said the proposal would require industry to further reduce their emissions by 20 per cent by 2020. Moreover, the country aims to cut carbon emissions into the atmosphere by 60 per cent by 2050. The new target goes far beyond the Kyoto protocol, which aims for a 12.5 per cen...

UK – Calls for reopening the Rugby-to-Stockton railway line

17 January 2004, Published under Cement News

Lorry loads of clay from a new quarry at Stockton, Warwickshire, planned by Rugby Cement are causing protests from people living near the lorry route, even before the first clay has been loaded. When the quarry opens in three year’s time, it is estimated that around 180 lorries will transport the daily production of the quarry, this to the dismay of local residents. They hope to force the cement manufacturer to reopen a disused railway line, pointing out that one train could transport the lo...

USA – Environmental award for Giant Cement

17 January 2004, Published under Cement News

Giant Cement has received an environmental accolade of “exceptional pollution prevention and wildlife habitat results while mentoring others as community leaders in environmental stewardship” from the environmental group Elizabeth River Project through its River Stars programme. The project, started 111 years ago, seeks to win the hearts and minds of riverfront industries rather than confronting and suing companies.  

Quarry rejection welcomed

16 January 2004, Published under Cement News

Environmentalists have welcomed the rejection in court of an attempt to create Britain's biggest quarry in the Western Isles. A French multi-national's bid to excavate the so-called 'superquarry' at Lingerbay on Harris was refused at the Court of Session. But a second case against involving a 10-year-old planning application for the same site has still to be determined.  Lafarge Aggregates' attempt to construct the quarry on the west coast is Scotland's longest-running planning dispute, datin...

Ireland – Meat and bonemeal problem addressed

08 January 2004, Published under Cement News

A government committee has concluded that the co-incineration of meat and bonemeal (MBM) in cement production and electricity generation can provide the country with a safe and efficient means of disposal of MBM. The EU ban on the use of MBM in farm animal feed left Ireland, like other EU states, with a problem of what to do with a previously useful end product.  In Ireland, the 100,000t of bonemeal produced annually is now waste product with significant disposal costs, particularly as t...

Spanish bonemeal

06 January 2004, Published under Cement News

Valencia region, eastern Spain, used 75 per cent of the bonemeal made in the region as a fuel for the cement industry in the region, a representative of the Local Government, Rafael Blasco, said on January 5, 2004.  The use of bonemeal as a fuel is in line with the region's objectives to help the cement industry to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and to substitute traditional fossil fuels. At the same time burning bonemeal is more environment-friendly than using it as a compost or dumping...

Melon uses tyres

05 January 2004, Published under Cement News

Chile's Cemento Melon has begun using used tyres to fire its kiln no 9 at its industrial plant in Region V municipality La Calera, Melon communications manager Ignacio del Rio confirmed to local reporters. The US$1m project is being carried out under a strategic alliance with Goodyear Chile.  Environmental authorities are scheduled to conduct tests within 30 days to ensure that emissions levels fall within authorized levels, said del Rio, adding that apart from the company, government authori...