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LafargeHolcim joins SBTi and sets new 2030 CO2 targets

21 September 2020, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) “Business Ambition for 1.5°C,” becoming the first global building materials company to sign the pledge with intermediate targets for 2030, validated by SBTi.  In its 2030 goals LafargeHolcim is further lowering its target for CO 2  intensity in cement to 475kg net CO 2  per tonne of cementitious material (net CO 2 /t cem ). Europe is on track to become the first region to reach this net zero ambition, buildin...

Solar power to Piedras Azules

24 August 2020, Published under Cement News

As part of its drive to include renewable and flexible energy sources in its cement production, Argos recently opened a 10.6MW solar farm to supply power to its Piedras Azules cement plant in Comayagua, Honduras. The project is the latest in Argos’ efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of its cement operations. By Argos, Honduras. More than 32,000 solar panels supply the power required for the nearby Piedras Azules cement plant in Comayagua, Honduras Argos, a cement company ...

A new destination for waste

10 August 2020, Published under Cement News

To support its drive to become part of a circular economy, Votorantim Cimentos has created Verdera, a nationwide provider of waste management services. The company enables the cement producer to reduce industrial and urban waste for landfilling through co-processing in Votorantim’s cement kilns. By Eduardo Porciuncula, Verdera (Votorantim Cimentos), Brazil. In the beginning, only used tyres were co-processed. Research has advanced and new materials have been incorporated, such as d...

Taiheiyo’s bottom ash washing and desalination system

28 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Taiheiyo Cement has installed a full-scale incineration bottom ash washing facility at its  Kumagaya cement plant, Japan, for desalination and recycling the ash as a cement raw material. The facility is capable of removing insoluble salts while reducing the amount of wastewater. By Taiheiyo Cement, Japan. Figure 1: incineration fly ash washing and desalination system As a contribution to the formation of a zero-waste society, Taiheiyo Cement Corp has developed a technology to re...

LafargeHolcim's CEO targets low-carbon and sustainable recovery

20 May 2020, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim's CEO, Jan Jenisch, has updated customers on the company's low-carbon cement initiatives and preparing for the gradual pick-up in business as the world tries to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. "As markets are gradually reopening around the world, we are ramping up our production to best support our customers and help the world economy recover as quickly as possible," said Mr Jenisch. We are doing this by putting sustainable construction at the heart of the recovery. "Buil...

Introducing the carbon border

14 April 2020, Published under Cement News

As governments have put in place and tightened measures to reduce the emission of carbon and other greenhouse gases, the cement industry has expressed concerns over carbon leakage. To prevent this phenomenon from eroding cement industry competitiveness in the affected areas, a case to introduce border carbon adjustments is being made by several countries. By Stephen J Orava and Clinton R Long, King & Spalding LLP, USA. Border carbon adjustments have emerged as a possible solution to t...

Asia’s plastic potential

09 March 2020, Published under Cement News

With the highest consumption of plastic in the world and representing two-thirds of global cement production, five Asian countries provide the opportunity to address the worldwide issue of non-recyclable plastic waste. By Dr Kåre Helge Karstensen, Palash Kumar Saha, Eirik Vigerust, Anneli Alatalo Paulsen, Dr Christian John Engelsen and Dr Mehdi Ahmadi, SINTEF, Norway. Collection of plastic in Binh Duong, Vietnam, January 2020 A total of 6.3bnt of plastic waste was created global...

Arabian Cement’s positive energy

19 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Following its response to Egypt’s 2014 energy crisis, Suez-based producer Arabian Cement Co (ACC) has become a pioneer in the field of industrial energy efficiency. Having made the switch from natural gas to solid fuels the company has since placed even more emphasis on improving its energy performance as well as signing a private solar energy power purchase agreement, the largest of its scale in the country. By Arabian Cement Co, Egypt. The story behind ACC’s drive to enhance its ind...

CDP gives top Climate Change A grade to HeidelbergCement

21 January 2020, Published under Cement News

CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) has recognised HeidelbergCement with a place on the "Climate Change A-List 2019" as one of the leading companies worldwide for its commitment to climate action. HeidelbergCement has improved its rating in the area of climate protection from A- in the previous year to the top grade A, and therefore, leads the cement sector. In 2019 around 8000 companies disclosed data to CDP. Of these, only 179 companies worldwide, of which nine in Germany, were awar...

CRDC launches EcoConcreto product

15 November 2019, Published under Cement News

  CRDC launch EcoConcreto product The Center for Regenerative Design and Collaboration (CRDC) launched its plastic-to-concrete invention 'EcoConcreto' at the Sustainable Brands Oceans Congress in Porto, Portugal. The CRDC process involves efficient upcycling of massive industrial quantities of plastic waste and enriching it into a synthetic construction aggregate that is lighter in weight and more durable than conventional concrete, claims CRDC. The CRDC product is a pre-condit...