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CEMEX secures CDP 'A' rating for environmental stewardship

12 February 2024, Published under Cement News

CEMEX has been recognised by CDP, a by the global non-profit environmental organisation, securing a place on its annual ‘A List’, for environmental leadership and transparency in climate action. Based on data reported through CDP’s 2023 Climate Change questionnaire, CEMEX is one of a small number of companies that achieved an ‘A’ out of over 21,000 companies scored. Since the launch of its Future in Action program in 2020, Cemex has reduced its CO2 emissions by 13 per cent, a reduction ...

Cementing your lead: cement industry in net-zero transition

06 February 2024, Published under Cement News

To reach net-zero emissions by 2050, cement producers will have to invest heavily, but innovative technologies could provide at least a partial solution. By Fabian Apel, Johanna Hoyt, Francisco Marques, Sebastian Reiter and Patrick Schulze, McKinsey & Co. In the short term, the supply of lower-carbon cement is unlikely to keep up with increasing demand from end consumers with ambitious CO 2 targets ( © jamesteohart) The cement and concrete industry has established new target...

Business models for utilisation of non-recyclable plastics in the Indian cement industry

15 November 2023, Published under Cement News

Co-processing of plastic and other municipal solid wastes provides a safe and cost-effective way of dealing with waste in India and supports the country’s drive to adopt a circular economy approach.  By Dr Gaurav Bhatiani, Research Triangle Institute (RTI), India, and Dr Kåre Helge Karstensen and Palash Kumar Saha, SINTEF, Norway. Of the total amount of collected waste in India, 19 per cent is sent to landfill sites such as the Okhla landfill in Delhi (© Research Triangle Institute...

Heidelberg Materials’ journey to net-zero

07 November 2023, Published under Cement News

Heidelberg Materials is investing in multiple projects to achieve its ambitious target of reducing its CO 2 emissions by 47 per cent by 2030. From its first carbon capture and storage (CCUS) project at the Brevik plant in Norway almost 20 years ago, the cement producer has developed several CCS projects using a range of technologies. By S Federhen and A Burns, Heidelberg Materials, Germany. Figure 1: by 2030 Heidelberg Materials wants to reduce its CO2 emissions by 47 per cent when ...

The quest for carbon neutrality

30 October 2023, Published under Cement News

The cement industry will only be able to achieve its aspirations to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change by executing several strategies simultaneously. Resha Watkins, president, aggregates and sustainability, Votorantim Cimentos North America, explains the main levers of a multi-faceted approach and outlines how Votorantim Cimentos and St Marys Cement works are working to advance sustainability in the region. By Resha Watkins, Votorantim Cimentos North America. Votorant...

Protecting natural water resources in the cement sector

16 October 2023, Published under Cement News

At the Santa Rosa cement plant in Colombia, CEMEX has adopted a sustainable approach to its production process. Instead of relying on water from the Teusacá River, the plant utilises rainwater and surface run-off, employing water treatment and recirculation systems. This approach has allowed the plant to reduce its freshwater consumption by 100 per cent, actively contributing to the preservation of our planet’s most valuable resource. By Angie Milena Espinosa Alfaro, CEMEX, Colombia. ...

Votorantim Cimentos’ green credentials

21 August 2023, Published under Cement News

As part of Votorantim Cimentos’ decarbonisation strategy, the company has become a pioneer in the promotion of Brazil’s first Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for cement and concrete products. The EPDs provide Votorantim’s customers with information on the environmental footprint of its products, enabling decisions geared toward more sustainable choices and helping them obtain green certifications. By Fabio Cirilo, Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil. First-ever environmental prod...

Unlocking opportunities

07 August 2023, Published under Cement News

Thailand’s dumpsites contain close to 190Mt of low-quality plastic waste, comprising mainly degraded and aged materials that pose challenges in terms of economically viable recycling methods. SINTEF looks at the potential opportunities offered by co-processing in the cement industry. By Anneli Alatalo Paulsen, Dr Kåre Helge Karstensen and Palash Kumar Saha, Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), Norway. Figure 1: the Bor Ngern dumpsite in Thailand Plastic’s ...

Cement production: an opportunity for energy storage?

11 July 2023, Published under Cement News

As one of the most popular building materials in the world, cement has countless uses, including as the glue that holds concrete together and the precast for pipe manufacturing. Given this ubiquity, cement manufacturing is critical to society. However, cement production, and the concrete sector more broadly, is reported to be among the highest for carbon emissions per revenue dollar. In the US, cement manufacturers that change how they use energy stand to reap major financial and environment...

Holcim Philippines’ PLC offering

05 June 2023, Published under Cement News

The introduction of Holcim Philippine’s brand of Portland limestone cement (PLC) to the domestic construction market is an important step in the local cement industry’s strides towards a low-carbon economy. The company is leading the way with this greener cement offering, which includes a range of benefits in terms of durability and versatility. By Kandy Icy Minano, Holcim Philippines. Figure 1: Holcim Optimo in different packaging – bulk, 1t and 40kg bag (© Holcim) The continuo...