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Decarbonisation quick wins

08 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Different world regions present different challenges to the cement industry. While in the fast-growing economies of Asia and Africa building capacity and security of supply are key, cement plant operations in other regions are more affected by the need to reduce CO 2 emissions as their economies aim for decarbonisation. There is good news for both sides: the use of a new clean fuel can make a decisive contribution to tackling either challenge. By Wolfgang Moser, NextFuel AB, Sweden. ...

UltraTech

27 June 2019, Published under Cement News

UltraTech’s new INR25bn (US$360m) cement plant in Andhra Pradesh has received environmental approval. The works will reportedly have a cement and clinker capacity of 6Mta and 4Mta, respectively. Just over 430ha of land in Petnikota village has already been acquired for the plant, but the project is still waiting on “consent to establish and operate” from the state’s pollution control board, according to the Business Standard.  Alongside the factory, UltraTech also intends to install a 60M...

Bringing an old quarry to life

25 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Quarry rehabilitation comprises more than just the planting of different varieties of trees on land no longer used. Cimenterie Nationale’s rehabilitation project in Lebanon also includes the country’s first green belt buffer area, natural windbreakers, stormwater management, hydroseeding and beehives. By Ahmed Hoteit, Cimenterie Nationale, Lebanon. Cimenterie Nationale, Lebanon, has rehabilitated an area of 283,598m 2 of the quarry at its Chekka plant following its extraction phas...

Caracolito’s cleaner air

24 June 2019, Published under Cement News

The replacement of the electrostatic precipitator with a bag filter at Cemex’s Caracolito plant in Colombia has had a positive impact on the company’s emissions indicators as well as the local environment and neighbouring communities. By Cemex, Colombia. The new bag filter at Cemex’s Caracolito plant in Colombia has reduced particle emissions from 127 to 12mg/m 3 Colombia is one of Cemex’s most-important markets in Latin America due to its size, the dynamism of the local constr...

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...