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UK – Tyres to power profits

04 March 2004, Published under Cement News

RMC will be firing up its new plant at Rugby with shredded car tyres as part of a move to save UK£50m, restoring profits by next year. Chief executive David Munro commented that the plans to use rubber tyres and other alternative energy sources rather than US$50/t high-quality South African coal would underpin the company’s recovery plan. RMC suffered a pretax, post-exceptional loss of UK£133m after its it was hit by UK£49m losses and a UK£205m write-down at its German operations.

Petcoke burn needs govt approval

03 March 2004, Published under Cement News

According to "Jordan Times", the government assured Fuheis citizens that it is committed to improving the environmental situation in their area by minimizing the effects of the cement factory located there. At a meeting with officials and representatives of Fuheis residents, Government Spokesperson Asma Khader called for a multiphase plan that ensures a balance between the interests of the country and citizens’ right to a clean environment. Earlier this year, the management of the Jordan Cem...

Ash Grove tyre burn plan

27 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Louisville, Nebraska: Ash Grove Cement plans to burn tyres to fuel its plant has gained support around downtown, despite efforts to stop the project by an environmental group.  Main Street shop owners say the venture is a better alternative than trucking thousands of Nebraska scrap tyres to a Kansas landfill. Nebraska landfills don’t accept scrap tyres.  Ash Grove needs a variance permit from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to burn tires on a 60-day trial basis.  Ash Grove, w...

Japan Taiheiyo Cement to recycle

25 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Japanese cement manufacturer Taiheiyo Cement Corp will start recycling waste plasterboard at the company-owned land plot in Sodegaura, Chiba prefecture, eastern Japan, the company said on February 24, 2004.  Taiheiyo Cement plans to annually recycle 100,000t of waste plasterboard created from building dismantlement in order to produce 70,000t of anhydrous gypsum a year. The anhydrous gypsum, in turn, will be applied as a raw material for fixation agents.  The Tokyo-based company is today hold...

Public discussions on planned cement plant

25 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Public comments are being accepted about the state’s issuance of a draft clean-air permit for a company that wants to build the nation’s largest cement plant on the Mississippi River’s banks. Issued Jan. 23 in preliminary form, the draft air-pollution permit would allow Swiss-based Holcim to build the cement plant in Ste. Genevieve County, about 35 miles south of St. Louis. Public comments will be accepted through March 29, when the state Department of Natural Resources will stage a public h...

Ireland – CRH benefits from CO2 emissions plan

24 February 2004, Published under Cement News

Under the new draft allocation plan for carbon dioxide emissions, published by the Environmental Protection Agency, CRH will be allowed to emit nearly 2.4Mt of CO2 from its four cement works. Ireland’s two other traditional cement manufacturers Quinn Cement and Lagan Cement have been allocated 849,000t and 374,000t allowances respectively. The size of the allowances is in line with governmental environment policy, voiced by Environment Minister Mr Cullen that industry would be given ...

UK – Fear of carbon fallout on portfolios

23 February 2004, Published under Cement News

The EU’s legislation on carbon emissions will affect company balance sheets throughout the UK, according to the research group The Carbon Trust (TCT). The UK’s stance to cut emissions by 20 per cent by 2010 and the European carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS) is expected to hit company profitability and share prices across all key industrial sectors. “Profit cuts of five per cent for the worst-affected or a five per cent boost for those that benefit the most are anticipated,” according to ...

Ministry of Industry looks into allegation

20 February 2004, Published under Cement News

The Basic Industries and Mineral Resources Department under the Thai Ministry of Industry is looking into an allegation that a major cement producer’s limestone and shale stone mines may be encroaching onto national reserve forests in Saraburi Province, department director-general Anusorn Nuangpolmark said on Thursday.  Anusorn disclosed that Forestry Police had received a complaint alleging that the mines operated by Siam City Cement Plc under his department’s concession may be encroaching ...

China – Closing down polluters

20 February 2004, Published under Cement News

As part of an environmental protection and industry restructuring plan, Guangdong Dongguan Municipal Government announced the government will shut down 47 of the 48 cement factories in Dongguan. All cement factories are small units with a maximum individual capacity of 150,000tpa. They are currently not only producing cement but also a large quantity of dust and noise.  The first 33 willl close at the end of March with the remainder to follow at the end of the year.  

Switzerland – EU trade in CO2 emissions

19 February 2004, Published under Cement News

While the EU is putting in place its carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme – worth a potential €7bn by 2007 – a similar trading scheme is not expected for Switzerland before 2008. However, the Swiss government voiced its support for the EU trading scheme which will cover the 25 member states of the enlarged Union and officials have established informal contacts with EU counterparts. “We are interested in tying the Swiss system to the EU system,” said Renato Marioni from the State Secretari...