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Nigeria – Ashakacem renew MoU with Savannah Conservation

08 December 2003, Published under Cement News

Leading Nigerian cement producer Ashakacem, part of Lafarge, and Savannah Conservation Nigeria (SCN) recently renew a five year-old Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between them. The MoU emphasised mutual co-operation and the provision of support by Ashakacem plc and SCN. Ashakacem is expected to give the necessary support to SCN in its conservation efforts while SCN is to guide the cement maker in maintaining high environmental standards in its cement operations as well as maintaining ...

Kenya – Bamburi and Worldwide Fund for Nature regenerate degraded Shimba Hills forests

08 December 2003, Published under Cement News

Lafarge-owned Bamburi Cement, no stranger to conservation issues, is teaming up with the Worldwide Fund for Nature in a project that is to regenerate the degraded forests of Shimba Hills in the south of the country. Organised by local communities, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Forest Department the partnership will help to restore the area, an important habitat for elephants and other fauna and flora, to its former ecological beauty. Shimba Hills form part of Eastern Africa’s key coasta...

World – Value of carbon trading doubles in a year

08 December 2003, Published under Cement News

According to the World Bank, the Kyoto protocol on climate change is stimulating increasing flows of carbon finance to developing and transition economies, even though it is not yet in force. For the second consecutive year, the volume of trade in greenhouse gas emission reductions has more than doubled and stands in 2003 at 70Mt. The value of the carbon market is predicted to increase to US$10bn in 2007, estimate Norway-based analysis group Point Carbon. The majority of transactions cen...

India – Shree Cement plans fuel recycling plants

06 December 2003, Published under Cement News

Shree Cement is planning to set up mini-fuel recycling plants with assistance of German equipment supplier KHD Humboldt GmbH. The plans come within the framework of a major cost-cutting drive in its fuel expenditure. M K Singhi, executive director at the Indian cement company commented: “One of the main factors for worry for cement manufacturers in India is high fuel costs.” The use of recycled fuels should bring savings of four to five per cent off fuel costs. The new project will use b...

UK – Environment Agency urges companies for permit applications

05 December 2003, Published under Cement News

The Environment Agency (EA) is urging companies to start planning their permit applications for the EU greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme. Companies affected by the regulations must receive a permit from the EA by 31 March 2004, the deadline for presentation of the National Allocation Plans. To ensure permits are received on time, the agency stresses companies must apply for the permits between 10 November 2003 and 31 January 2004. If failing, companies may not be able to obtain the...

Romania – Holcim Romania opens eco-friendly concrete station

04 December 2003, Published under Cement News

Holcim Romania is investing 1.5m euros in an eco-friendly concrete station in Sibiu. The 120m3 station will be fully automated and be the 13th concrete station in the country for Holcim. The Swiss cement maker also operates three sand and gravel units.

Bulgaria – Zlatna Panega opts for old tyres

02 December 2003, Published under Cement News

The Bulgarian subsidiary of HeidelbergCement, Zlatna Panega is planning to generate 15 per cent of its required energy from old tyres. Since it started its new incineration facility and has generated electricity from old tyres instead of coal, the company has saved 29,121 euro in electricity costs and 700t of coal. The 670t of tyres burnt in the facility have helped Zlatna Panega to improve its industrial pollution record as well as cement quality. The company has also plans to extend th...

Japan – 40 Japanese companies to conduct mock CO2 emission rights trades

01 December 2003, Published under Cement News

While Europe is gearing up for its emissions trading scheme, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is set to launch a mock trading of CO2 emission rights. Participating in this trading scheme are 40 companies, belonging to seven industries and industry associations and representing about 80 per cent of the country’s total CO2 emissions. During the scheme which encompasses 29 trades, auditing companies and environmental standards certification bodies will gauge CO2 e...

UK – Environment Agency urges companies for permit applications

24 November 2003, Published under Cement News

The Environment Agency (EA) is urging companies to start planning their permit applications for the EU greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme. Companies affected by the regulations must receive a permit from the EA by 31 March 2004, the deadline for presentation of the National Allocation Plans. To ensure permits are received on time, the agency stresses companies must apply for the permits between 10 November 2003 and 31 January 2004. If failing, companies may not be able to obtain the...

Tanzania – Bureau of Standards proposes cement factory emissions standard

24 November 2003, Published under Cement News

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is proposing a standard on cement factory emissions to stop them from polluting the environment. There are about eight potential pollutants from cement and lime factories that require monitoring according to the proposal. A draft standard was discussed during a recent meeting of the Technical Committee on Air Quality. The document is based on East African Cement Producers Association limits which are comparable to EU specifications and will be prese...