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Cement makers slam government CO2 draft

28 January 2004, Published under Cement News

The UK cement industry has criticised the government’s draft National Allocation Plan that identifies "ceilings" on CO2 emissions from cement as part of an emissions trading scheme. British Cement Association (BCA) chief executive Mike Gilbert warned: "The government is attempting to impose an allocation more restrictive than the UK commitments to the Kyoto protocol." The draft plan would damage the industry’s competitiveness within Europe and handicap the UK economy, he added. BCA members pr...

Egyptian Suez Cement to get $5.0m enviro grant

27 January 2004, Published under Cement News

Egyptian cement producer Suez Cement will receive a US$5.0m grant from the National Societe Generale Bank (NSGB) to upgrade the filters of its cement plants, it was reported on January 26, 2004.  The project is part of a programme to reduce industrial pollution in Egypt, financed by the World Bank (WB) and carried out by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) in co-operation with the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) and NSGB.  The memorandum of understanding between the two sides was si...

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...