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Report calls for co-processing of wind turbine blades to be scaled up

02 June 2020, Published under Cement News

The cement sector's cooperation is expected to be required to ease the challenge of recycling decommissioned wind turbines, according to a new report from WindEurope, the European Chemical Industry Council and the European Composites Industry Association. While 85-90 per cent of wind turbines can be recycled, the blades are a relatively small volume of the total composite waste and are a 'specifically challenging' waste stream, says the report. Although the cement sector enables disposal ...

Quinn Cement fined GBP2000 or emissions breach

02 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Quinn Cement was fined GBP2000 (US$2554), having pleaded guilty to failing to limit gas emissions from its Ballyconnell plant in Ireland. The breach ocurred between 2018-19 and was monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have surpassed permitted levels for Hydrogen Chloride release. In total, there were 36 breaches recorded between 5-7 October 2018, which the EPA demanded Quinn Cement investigate. A further breach was recorded on 5 February 2019 that was four times the per...

Cementos Cienfuegos reverts to tyre burning to keep production going

18 February 2020, Published under Cement News

The Cuban government has ordered domestic cement factory Cementos Cienfuegos to used waste tyres as fuel to save on oil amid a worsening fuel shortages brought on by US sanctions on the Communist island. President Miguel Diaz-Canel has ordered the cement works, located in the center of the country, to receive an increasing supply of used tyres to burn, the official daily Granma said. Cuba has been suffering oil shortages since last September, when Trump administration imposed sanctions on ...

LafargeHolcim obtains SBTi validation for its CO2 reduction targets

20 December 2019, Published under Cement News

The Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has validated LafargeHolcim's targets to reduce its global carbon emissions. According to SBTi, LafargeHolcim’s targets are adequate and consistent with the global effort to keep temperatures below the '2°C' threshold as agreed at the COP21 world climate conference in Paris. The SBTi has approved LafargeHolcim’s commitment to reduce scope 1 GHG emissions by 10 per cent per tonne of cementitious materials by 2030 from a 2018 base year. LafargeHol...

FLSmidth urge greater efforts needed to create more sustainable cement

11 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Per Mejnert Kristensen, FLSmidth Region president for Asia, spoke about sustainability and the role of the cement industry at the second annual Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) Conference in Singapore. "Leaders in the cement industry are fully aware of the issues concerning sustainability, but we cannot solve these issues individually. We must form closer, new partnerships and leverage each other's diverse competencies, both within and beyond cement, to solve these issues," Mr ...

Dalmia Cement sets carbon neutrality target for 2040

20 September 2019, Published under Cement News

India's Dalmia Cement has taken a proactive stance in reducing carbon emissions by announcing that it has targeted being carbon neutral by 2040. "We follow the strict regimes and are the greenest cement manufacturing company in the world. Reducing transition risks and creating transition opportunities are the top priorities; emissions and energy intensities directly impact the operating costs and India's Dalmia Cement aims to be carbon negative by 2040," said Sunil Gupta, executive director...

AfriSam will use carbon tax to as an incentive for energy innovations

02 July 2019, Published under Cement News

AfriSam's Cementitious Executive, Hannes Meyer, highlighted the potential of South Africa's new carbon tax to incentivise energy-saving innovation. The new carbon tax came into force on 1 June 2019 and AfriSam has been preparing for this change. Speaking at a presentation to media at its Dudfield cement plant near Lichtenburg in the North West province, Mr Meyer said AfriSam continues to cut the carbon footprint of its cement. Efforts focus on using less energy in the production of clinker,...

Soil and wind-blown sand cement developed in China

17 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Chinese researchers at Ximjiang Communications Construction Group Co Ltd claim to have developed a low-cost and environmentally-friendly cement with ingredients that include natural soil and wind-blown sand. The new 'green cement' also includes construction waste and steel slag and is said to halve both construction costs and time. The cement has been developed to be used in the construction of road infrastructure, railway lines, airports, forestry, agriculture, water conservancy, electric ...

HeidelbergCement has CO2 reduction targets scientifically validated to 2030

14 May 2019, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement Co is the first cement producer to receive approval for science-based CO 2 reduction targets. Having been assessed against the Science Based Targets initiative's (SBTi) criteria, HeidelbergCement's CO 2 reduction targets to 2030 have been validated. The SBTi independently assesses and validates emission reduction targets against the latest climate science. Emissions reductions currently need to fall in-line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming below 2˚C and to...

First 50kW solar cement kiln will be tested throughout 2019

11 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The launch of the first solar reactor operating at 800-1000˚C, using rotary kiln and a horizontal bubbling fluidised bed, to manufacture cement is a step nearer. The Solar Thermal Treatment of Non-Metallic Minerals (SOLPART) is preparing to move from the lab to an industrial-sized test plant. "We have tested a fluidised bed system at the level of between 10kW and 20kW and now we are commissioning a pilot scale reactor with power of between 30kW and 50kW, able to treat 50kg/h calcium carbona...