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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...

Benchmarking energy

19 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Benchmarking plant energy performance enables identification of where a plant is positioned vis-a-vis the target performance and how far it must go to improve and achieve enhanced energy savings. In the US the Environmental Protection Agency provides such a benchmark with its ENERGY STAR programme. By Elizabeth Dutrow and Walt Tunnessen, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Bhaskar Dusi, Cemex USA. Figure 1: an ENERGY STAR flag (at the bottom) displayed on a US cement plant T...

Visible cracks

10 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Over the last 18 months CDP has analysed sectors ranging from electric utilities and automotive manufacturing to extractives and has benchmarked how leading players manage climate risks and opportunities. In June it was the turn of the cement sector, as CDP published ‘Visible Cracks’, its first report for investors on the global cement industry. This publication revealed how differently companies in the sector are preparing for the transition to a low-carbon economy. By Tarek Soliman and Cha...

SPL: lessons learned

26 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Spent pot lining (SPL) generated by the aluminium industry forms an important alternative source of fuel and raw material for the cement industry. However, its use presents certain challenges in terms of the cement production process and final product quality. By Dr Kåre Helge Karstensen, Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), Norway. With a worldwide generation of around 1.45Mta, SPL provides a significant resource for the cement industry The worldwide prod...

Ignore FSI potential at your peril

16 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Ensuring employee safety should be placed at the top of the organisational agenda, but in some cases current health and safety practices, or their implementation and compliance, fall short. To avoid such incidents, an ongoing review of the potential for serious injury and fatality (FSI) during certain tasks and the effectiveness of current safety practices can highlight likely risk areas. By Dekra Insight, USA. Assessing the potential for serious injury and improving current safety pr...

Canada: Lafarge improving environmental impact

13 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has completed a CAD20m (US$15.3m) modernisation project at its Exshaw plant in Alberta. The works focussed on improving the plant’s environmental impact but also nearly doubled output from 1.3Mta to 2.2Mta. The retrofit was carried out on the plant’s kiln No. 5, alongside the construction of a new state-of-the-art kiln No. 6. While completing this project, which was started in 2013, one of the plant’s older kilns had to be decommissioned.  Amongst the environmental measures put...

Green cement volumes to rise at a CARG of 7.6% up to 2024

06 September 2016, Published under Cement News

According to report published by Grand View Research, global green cement market is expected to reach US$37.76bn by 2024. Growing awareness regarding reduction in carbon emissions and its detrimental effect on the environment will fuel market growth. The commercial sector will be the fastest-growing green cement market and is expected to witness volume growth at a CAGR of 7.6 per cent from 2016 to 2024 as a result of its increasing application in commercial establishments such as office ...

Best practice in karst mining

31 August 2016, Published under Cement News

The high biodiversity and ecological sensitivity of karst areas presents additional challenges in terms of sustainable mining practices to cement producers as they mine for the limestone required by their production process. In a partnership with key domestic environmental conservationists, Brazil’s Votorantim Cimentos has published a guide on best practices in limestone mining in these highly-vulnerable environments. By Patricia Montenegro, Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil. The karst envi...

Philippines: Republic Cement confident despite environmental crackdown

17 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Republic Cement has vowed to continue with its expansion plans and has said that it is "ready" to face an environmental audit from the Filipino government, ABS-CBN News reports. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recently handed out suspensions to 10 mining companies over safety violations and has challenged the country’s largest coal mining firm, Semirara, to make the case for allowing its operations to continue. Republic’s president, Rentao Sunico, said he was co...