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India – Environmental Excellence awards for cement companies

24 November 2003, Published under Cement News

The Eight NCB International Seminar on Cement and Building Materials in New Delhi was concluded with the presentation of the National Awards for Energy Performance, Environment Excellence and Quality Excellence in the Indian cement industry. Environmental Excellence awards for 2002-03 were given to Madras Cements, India Cements and Gagal Cements. Madras Cements and India Cements also took the 2001-2002 awards in the same category, sharing them with Century Cements and Lafarge India.

UK – Superquarry, WWF and Lafarge

24 November 2003, Published under Cement News

Plans for a new superquarry on the remote island of Harris by Lafarge are back in focus with a new court hearing expected this week. The plans have re-ignited the issue of Lafarge's earlier decision to give a UK£3.5m donation to the World Wildlife Fund to help fund its many projects around the globe. In fact, senior conservationists in the WWF have fallen out over this donation, with the British arm of WWF refusing to accept its share of the £3.5m sponsorship deal with the multinational Lafa...

UK – Monitors for Rugby tyre trial

24 November 2003, Published under Cement News

A UKP400,000 monitoring programme is to keep track of air pollution, possibly produced by burning tyres at the Rugby cement plant near the town’s centre. The programme includes the location of 23 monitors, which measure particulates, around the borough. The programme, funded by the local borough council and with a UKP75,000 Rugby Cement grant, will measure pollution levels before Rugby Cement begins its tyre-burning trials at the Lawford Road site next year. Comparison between pre-trial ...

USA – Changing cement, changing emissions for the better

24 November 2003, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association announced the latest effort by the industry to significantly reduce the emissions burden on the environment. Tom Chizmadia, PCA board member and chairman of its Environment and Energy Committee, outlined the change in Portland cement production by including up to five per cent ground limestone in ASTM C 150 Portland cement. Chizmadia stressed the importance of this move: “Such reductions could add significantly to the environmental gains already achieved by th...

Asia – Curbing global warming the Asian way

17 November 2003, Published under Cement News

Asia’s cement producers are contributing in global climate regulation by replacing coal with rice husks that would otherwise be incinerated and dumped in landfills. While rice husks do release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, supporters say that sulphur emissions are around one-fifth of coal and lignite. Moreover, rice mills were burning the husks anyway, so net carbon dioxide emissions are predicted to fall as a result of the switch. In addition to the fuel advantages, the ash of...

Spain – Cementos Portland invests 87m euro in environmental friendly kiln

17 November 2003, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement manufacturer Cementos Portland is investing 87m euro in a new cement kiln at its Seville plant. The new kiln will boost output by 30 per cent to 1.8Mt. The investment includes 12m euro in environmental protection equipment.

USA – Rare flower discovered on former aggregate site

17 November 2003, Published under Cement News

When RMC South Florida Inc donated its aggregate site to Florida International University little did the company know that the site held botanical treasures. Preliminary research by the university has resulted in the discovery of two populations of bracted colic root (Aletris bracteata), a world endangered species related to lilies. That the discovery is a rare find is illustrated by the fact that it occurs only in Florida’s Dade and Monroe Counties, apart from the northern islands of the Bah...

Ireland – Proposals for use of animal waste in cement

17 November 2003, Published under Cement News

In a report to the Irish Cabinet, senior officials of four government departments, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food Safety Authority, recommend the incineration and incorporation into cement of meat and bonemeal – considered a potential source of BSE – from slaughtered Irish cattle. Curently, meat and bonemeal is mostly sent abroad to countries such as the UK and Germany for incineration or is stored within the country, costing the local taxpayer around E150m in the past...

Austria – RMC Austria and WWF protect rare grassland environment

10 November 2003, Published under Cement News

RMC Austria will be helping to protect an area of nationally significant, rare dry grassland through its latest agreement with WWF. The area contains the company’s Hollitzer Quarry, operated by Readymix Kies Union and located 50km west of the capital Vienna. The dry grassland, the largest of its kind in Europe, lies at the foot of the Hundsheimer Berge, a mountain which represents one of the most significant ecosystems in the country. The region hosts a number of important species, inclu...

USA – Tyre burning plans at Lafarge Ravena, NY

10 November 2003, Published under Cement News

Lafarge North America plans to burn tyres at its Ravena cement works with the aim to reduce its use of coal as thermal energy source and possibly cut emissions. The plans outline the initial burning of tyres in one kiln in 2005. Retrofitting of the plant’s second kiln by the following year should enable the company to push up tyre disposal levels to 6-8m tyres annually. This would mean coal and other fuel consumption would be reduced by 20 per cent, leading to a seven per cent cut in pro...