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Myanmar’s co-processing potential

15 May 2017, Published under Cement News

With cement demand anticipated to rise over the coming years and production capacity set to soar to more than 20Mta, Myanmar’s cement industry has significant potential for co-processing several types of waste in its kilns. By Dr Kåre Helge Karstensen and Palash Kumar Saha, SINTEF, Norway. Than Taw Myat Group, producers of Double Rhinos cement, recently commissioned its 5000tpd Kyaukse works in Mandalay. The facility is one of Myanmar’s newest dry-process plants One of the fa...

Effective mercury sorbents

12 April 2017, Published under Cement News

Activated carbon sorbent injection has enabled many cement plants to minimise mercury emissions from their operations. To ensure effective mercury control understanding the sorbent properties critical to mercury removal is key. B y John Satterfield, Cabot Norit Activated Carbon, USA. Figure 1: Plant A – fuel Hg content: 25-53ppb R educing mercury emissions by activated carbon sorbent injection (ACI) has been thoroughly demonstrated as a successful strategy at a growing n...

EU: cap on emissions windfall set at 2.2% per year

10 March 2017, Published under Cement News

The European Parliament and the Council (Environment Ministers) agreed on 28 February its negotiating position for the revision of the Emission Trading System (EU ETS), says Cembureau. According to the proposed directive, now due for deliberation in a trilogue of meetings. The cap on emissions will fall by 2.2 per cent a year – the so-called linear reduction factor – until at least 2024. This is expected to push up the cost of allowances and provide an incentive for industries to adopt cle...

Places of discovery

06 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Particular finds of scientific importance can transform the perception of quarries as sites of destruction to places of discovery. From fossils and archeological finds to structural features, such locations can help to provide a positive view of quarrying operations. By Fabio Coletta and Dr Michael Clark, Whitehopleman, UK. Quarries can be viewed as sites of important discoveries rather than destruction Often cement raw material quarries present unique geological features connec...

Sustainable vision supported by thyssenkrupp at Cotec meeting

10 February 2017, Published under Cement News

At the 11th Cumbre de Cotec Europa, an event hosted by the Cotec Foundation, thyssenkrupp supported the organisation's vision for a sustainable model for the economy and production systems. Together with several European partners the company has already developed various products aimed at reducing waste and energy consumption in cities, where the largest amount of energy is consumed. The King of Spain, Felipe VI, chaired the event together with the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio...

Gaining in strength

30 January 2017, Published under Cement News

As cement companies aim to lower their carbon footprint by reducing the clinker factor in their final product, clinker substitution features high on the agenda. The use of silica fume and rice husk ash provide options to replace clinker without affecting compressive strengths of cement mortars. By Feryal Çelik, Mardin Çimento, Turkey. Laboratory research at Mardin Çimento showed the effect of silica fume and ruce husk ash on cement mortar strength Silica fume and rice husk ash a...

Cementos Argos

25 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos has received a Gold Class award in the RobecoSAM 2017 Sustainability Yearbook, the highest possible accolade in the annual publication that looks at how companies value and manage their environmental and social impact. The Colombia-based cement producer was included in the 2017 Yearbook after being recognised as the most sustainable cement company in the world by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index due to its good social, environmental and economic practices. Cementos Argos ...

Alternative ambitions

16 January 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim’s leadership in reducing CO 2 emissions in the cement industry is spurring the group to make additional investments and further lower such emissions going forward. Its commitment to alternative fuels and the company’s increasing use of them to replace traditional fuels is key to achieving its ambitious CO 2 targets. By LafargeHolcim, Switzerland. As part of its 2030 plan, LafargeHolcim aims to ramp up alternative fuels usage to help reduce net specific CO 2 emissi...

New EU carbon allowance mechanism proposed

15 December 2016, Published under Cement News

MEPs have proposed that a system should be established for the cement and clinker sectors, among others, whereby importers will be required to surrender allowances to cover for the carbon content of imported goods. The Border Adjustment Measurement (BAM) scheme should be fully compatible with WTO rules and "focus on sectors with a low trade intensity and high emissions intensity such as cement," MEPs said. "Once this mechanism is in place, no free allocation shall be given to sect...

Eric Olsen to chair Cement Sustainability Initiative in 2017

14 December 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim Chief Executive Eric Olsen has been appointed as chairman of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) for 2017. Mr Olsen’s appointment was confirmed at the CSI’s annual CEOs meeting this week. The CSI is part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is made up of nine core members and 15 other participating members, drawn from the world’s largest cement firms. “It is an honour for me to be chairing this important industry organisation in the coming ...