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Environmental groups oppose Calero Risso plant

17 June 2019, Published under Cement News

The building of a cement plant at Calero Risso in Paraguay, proposed by Jiménez Gaona y Lima under the name of Cementos Concepcion, has met with further disapproval from environmental groups. The area includes the Risso Cave, where important fossils were discovered, including microfossils that are 550m years old and said to be the first organisms on the planet with a skeleton. The Paraguayan Federation of Speleology has asked Mades to protect the cave. Cementos Concepción , led by Jor...

Plugging the plastic leakage

11 June 2019, Published under Cement News

The issue of post-consumer plastic leaking into the ocean with devastating consequences on marine life has existed for some time but only recently the rallying call to solve this issue appears to have been firmly heard. As it mines this waste to produce a suitable alternative fuel to fire its kilns, the cement industry could prove to be a key ally. By Dr Vincent Aloysius, INSEE Ecocycle Co Ltd, Thailand. There are up to 12.8Mt of post-consumer plastics polluting the world's oceans ...

China National Building Materials (CNBM)

24 April 2019, Published under Cement News

On 25 March CNBM and Fives signed a “Strategic Agreement towards Climate Change & Cooperation in Third Countries”, further refining the plans drawn up by the two companies in January this year. The agreement reportedly forecasts at least EUR600m of business over the next three years and forms part of CNBM’s strategy of development partnerships with western companies. Under the agreement, CNBM and Fives plan to combine their expertise and technologies to create modern, high-performance pla...

PT Semen Indonesia

24 April 2019, Published under Cement News

On 23 April Semen Indonesia received an award from the secretary general of the country’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The accolade was in recognition of the 227.26ha that Semen Indonesia has reclaimed at its former Tuban factory mine site. Over 308,000 trees have been planted at the site, including teak, mahogany and eucalyptus. To commemorate Earth Day, 3500 Cavendish Banana trees were also planted in the Tlogowaru clay mine area in Merakurak District on 22 April.

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...

Cementi Rossi’s ORC solution

25 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology for waste heat recovery is a widely-proven technology for cement factories. A new tailored, turnkey ORC unit for Italian producer Cementi Rossi will feed about 30 per cent of its Pederobba plant’s needs, with higher efficiency, improved safety and lower environmental impact in mind. By Exergy, Italy. Exergy has designed a customised and compact ORC solution to convert approximately 15MWth into 3.5MWe of electrical energy at Cementi Rossi’s Ped...

The benefits of paper

12 February 2019, Published under Cement News

A comparative study by the Swedish research institute RISE on behalf of the European Paper Sack Research Group (ESG) has found that the carbon footprint of paper cement sacks is 2.5 times lower than the footprint of form-fill-seal polyethylene bags. By CEPI Eurokraft, Sweden, & Eurosac, France. Paper sacks have a significantly-smaller carbon footprint The study by RISE Innventia, commissioned by the European Paper Sack Research Group (a collaboration between CEPI Eurokraft and E...

PT Indocement

31 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Two of PT Indocement’s cement plants have received 2018 Green PROPER ratings for their environmental efforts. The factories in question are the Palimanan and the Citeureup plants. PROPER is a programme conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia since 1995 to measure companies’ performance in managing the environment. It stands for Program for Pollution Control, Evaluation and Rating and is designed to promote compliance with pollution control regulations, contribution...

Cyprus sets 24% reduction goal in greenhouse emissions by 2030

25 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The government of Cyprus has approved a draft National Plan for Energy and Climate to see a reduction of 24 per cent of greenhouse gases in the country by 2030, compared to levels emitted in 2005. However, this total excludes emissions from cement, electricity and pottery sectors. This compares to the EU's greenhouse emissions target of 40 per cent reduction by 2030. Currently the industrial sector only accounts for eight per cent of Cyprus' emissions. Vassiliko Cement is the only cement pl...

Finding a different kind of gold

14 January 2019, Published under Cement News

While coal had been the mainstay of PPC’s energy sources for decades, the company’s current energy policy has called for a steady replacement of the black gold with more sustainable energy sources. This provided the South African cement producer with the drive to introduce alternative fuels at its De Hoek plant in Western Cape. By PPC, South Africa. PPC’s energy policy seeks to replace increasing volumes of coal with alternative fuels Sustainability needs innovative thinking and...