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Sumitomo Osaka Cement to expand waste processing

24 December 2003, Published under Cement News

Sumitomo Osaka Cement plans to spend 4 billion yen over a two-year period starting in fiscal 2004 to increase its processing capacity for waste products used as raw materials.  The cement producer will construct dehydrated organic sludge processing facilities at its Kochi plant and add coal ash processing equipment to its Tochigi facility. The company will also build storage sites to handle more sludge and construction waste soil at the Kochi and Ako plants.  Through the moves, the company pl...

Chile – Corema authorises Polpaico alternative fuels burning

18 December 2003, Published under Cement News

Corema, the environment agency covering the Santiago metropolitan region, has authorised Cemento Polpaico to burn alternative fuels in its Cerro Blanco works, 38km north of the Chilean capital. The cement manufacturer, part of the Holcim group, will use alternative fuels such as industrial waste to fire the plant. The project is part of a US$10m investment plan that also includes plant optimisation.

UK – SEPA calls Scottish companies for EMS sign-up

17 December 2003, Published under Cement News

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling Scottish companies to sign up for the remas project, a three-year study to examine environmental management systems (EMS) in the EU. Remas is led by the Environment Agency in England & Wales and co-funded by the EC Life fund, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency (in Ireland), and the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment Endorsing remas, Campbell Gemmell, CEO of the Sc...

Europe – Cement Sustainability stakeholders make progress in wide range of issues

12 December 2003, Published under Cement News

The latest Cement Sustainability stakeholder meeting, hosted by the Cement Sustainability Initiative in Brussels, was the scene for productive talks on many of the more complex issues surrounding the industry : alternative fuels, standards and emissions, monitoring and measuring. The value of building links to key international organisations such as the WHO, ILO, ICEM and the Global Reporting Initiative were also under discussion. The meeting was well attended by representatives of more ...

China – Setting green limits to cool down expansion

12 December 2003, Published under Cement News

China is considering a  major campaign of environmental impact assessment in the fast-growing cement, steel and aluminium sectors to cool down excessive growth. “We will firmly close those enterprises that cannot meet the government’s minimum pollution emission standards,” commented Zhang Lijun, department director of the State Environment Protection Administration, at the closing ceremony for a three-year emissions trading pilot project between the Chinese environment agency and the US Env...

Europe – European greenhouse gas emission trading scheme is ready

11 December 2003, Published under Cement News

EU commissioner and environment chief Margot Wallstrom said at a recent UN climate change conference : “The EU carbon market is now a reality. … The EU emission trading directive is now in force and will cover almost half of the EU’s carbon dioxide emissions from 2005.” The EU has been the primary force after saving the endangered Kyoto Protocol after the US pulled out and Russia has cited the effects on its economy for its reason to stay out of the agreement. However, many observers thin...

World Economic Forum creates Global Greenhouse Gas Register

09 December 2003, Published under Cement News

At the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Milan, Italy, the World Economic Forum announced it is creating a Global Greenhouse Gas Register to facilitate the disclosure and management by companies of their worldwide climate emissions. The new register will be developed in partnership with leading business and environmental organisations and is hoped to motivate voluntary corporate climate action. Companies participating in the Global GHG Register are as...

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

08 December 2003, Published under Cement News

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

World – Value of carbon trading doubles in a year

08 December 2003, Published under Cement News

World – Value of carbon trading doubles in a year 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 g...

India – Shree Cement plans fuel recycling plants

08 December 2003, Published under Cement News

India – Shree Cement plans fuel recycling plants 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 fiv...