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Shree’s sustainable path

04 November 2019, Published under Cement News

India’s cement industry has introduced several initiatives to place it on a path towards more sustainable cement production. Shree Cement highlights the actions it has taken to integrate sustainability into its cement production process. By Dr Anil Kumar Trivedi, Shree Cement Ltd, India. As a signatory to the Cement Sustainability Initiative, Shree Cement has delivered on its promise to reduce its energy footprint by implementing leading industry practices and transferring kn...

Bilfinger targets cement industry emissions reduction

17 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Bilfinger is supporting the US-based tech firm PRTI in bringing a technology to Europe that can help cement companies reduce their emissions. "Emission standards are getting stricter in industries around the world," says Tom Blades, CEO of Bilfinger. "Bilfinger's expertise and emission reduction technologies help our customers meet these requirements in an effective and cost-efficient way." Burning tyres directly to fire cement kilns results in various environmentally harmful emissions. By...

Efficient grinding meets reduced CO2 emissions

12 August 2019, Published under Cement News

While cement plants have made sound progress in terms of reducing CO 2 emissions from fuel consumption, progress relating to such emissions from electricity consumption has been slower. VDZ looks at a key power consumer in the modern cement plant: the grinding section. By Jonas Knappert, Kevin Treiber and Stefan Seemann, VDZ, Germany. Figure 1: electrical energy consumption of the cement manufacturing processes 1 Cement production is energy intensive in terms of fuel and elect...

PPC to shut down kiln to meet emission standards

01 July 2019, Published under Cement News

South Africa’s PPC has stated that it expects to pay around ZAR120m (US$8.5m) as a result of the new carbon tax and will also shut down a kiln at its Port Elizabeth (PE) facility to meet the new emission standards. "I think it’s something that we as a country need to debate as to whether this is the right time for carbon tax, be that as a company we support a cleaner environment," said Njombo Lekula, managing director of the SA Cement division. The company expects around 30 jobs to be ...

EPA fines Martinsburg cement plant US$1.5m

22 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Martinsburg cement plant, located in West Virginia, United States, has agreed to pay a US$1.5m fine for violations of the Federal Clean Air Act from 2013 through 2016, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA said in a news release that the alleged violations at the industrial site included: •  Exceeding annual emission limits for total suspended particulates and fine particulate matter less than 10 micrometers in diameter. •    Non-compliance with opacity testing, ...

Leading from the front

18 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Following last year’s IPCC report on climate change, there has never been a greater urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors and geographies to limit global warming to 1.5˚C. Therefore, the built environment will need to fast-track to zero carbon. In India, the world’s second-biggest cement producer, three of the country’s major players – Dalmia Cement, Ambuja Cement and UltraTech Cement – are leading from the front. By Jennifer Gerholdt, We Mean Business. Improvi...

Mitigating acid gas emissions

11 December 2018, Published under Cement News

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark examines acid gas emissions from cement kilns. Understanding harmful acid gas emissions, such as hydrogen chloride, is required before investing in mitigation strategies. Before investing in new raw material quarries, a better understanding of acid gas emissions is required Emissions from cement kilns are a growing focus of environmental authorities around the world. This month’s Technical Forum will look at the causes and mitiga...

Driving operational excellence at Votorantim

06 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Sustained investment in several areas of plant operations as a result of its drive for operational excellence has paid off for Votorantim’s Vidal Ramos plant in Brazil. By Alvaro Lorenz and Mario Interlenghi, Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil. Votorantim’s Vidal Ramos plant, Brazil – one example of the company’s drive for operational excellence Votorantim Cimentos is a building materials company committed to customer success through excellence. ‘Operational Excellence’ is one of the f...

MPA challenges government for level playing field on energy pricing and biomass fuels

22 March 2018, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association's (MPA) 2017 annual sustainable development report highlights that although domestic sales have steadily improved since 2012, UK manufacturers continue to face high regulatory policy costs with high energy prices and high electricity network and wholesale costs. The MPA states that these issues are largely a result of energy and climate change policies and considerable change in the energy system induced by government policy. A specific concern high...

Finding the missing link

13 December 2017, Published under Cement News

In 2015 Çimsa Çimento’s Mersin plant, Turkey, suffered an increasing number of cyclone blockages, causing severe interruptions to the facility’s grey cement Line 1. After unsuccessful attempts to find the reason for the blockages, a kiln inlet process gas measurement system from sick was installed to provide the missing link between the sulphur content in the kiln process gases and unwanted production downtime. By Felix Bartknecht, SICK AG, Germany, and Sezin Arıkan, Çimsa Çimento Mersin, T...