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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 ...

Going alternative in Japan

12 December 2016, Published under Cement News

With Japanese cement demand falling over the past 20 years, Sumitomo Osaka Cement has constantly evolved its cement manufacturing processes. As a result, the company’s Ako integrated cement plant stepped up its use of alternative fuels and raw materials as part of its efforts to reduce costs and the impact of plant emissions. By Tetsuo Yokobori, Sumitomo Osaka Cement, Japan. Sumitomo Osaka Cement has carried out many improvements at its Ako plant, Japan Sumitomo Osaka Cement (SO...

Philippines: Cement firms win environmental and mining safety awards

07 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Apo Cement Corporation has won awards for safety and environmental standards at the Presidential Mine Safety and Environment Conference organised by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association, the Manila Bulletin reports. The Cemex Philippines subsidiary received the Presidential Mineral Industry Environment Award (Platinum) for Mineral Processing and was declared winner for the Safest Mines Award in the Cement Plant category, with Taiheiyo Cement Philippines taking second pla...

CSI and cement leaders welcome The Paris Agreement's activation

04 November 2016, Published under Cement News

The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November. Members of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) welcomed the news as a key milestone in establishing a stable regulatory framework to enable the business community to scale up the implementation of low-carbon solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation. On 5 October 2015, 55 Parties to the Convention (UNFCCC), accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit...

From gas to garbage

04 November 2016, Published under Cement News

The cement industry in Egypt is at a cross-roads: forced to diversify its energy mix due to gas shortages, the sector is quickly switching to emissions-intensive coal. And yet, integrating alternative fuels into the energy mix can help ensure a lower carbon transition that is commercially viable. However, such an opportunity requires knowledgable investors to build linkages in a complex supply chain, and committed government stakeholders to increase regulatory support and create long-term pa...