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Bringing an old quarry to life

25 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Quarry rehabilitation comprises more than just the planting of different varieties of trees on land no longer used. Cimenterie Nationale’s rehabilitation project in Lebanon also includes the country’s first green belt buffer area, natural windbreakers, stormwater management, hydroseeding and beehives. By Ahmed Hoteit, Cimenterie Nationale, Lebanon. Cimenterie Nationale, Lebanon, has rehabilitated an area of 283,598m 2 of the quarry at its Chekka plant following its extraction phas...

The digital quarry

10 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Quarries often give the impression that they have been forgotten in capital investment projects, having bypassed technological changes for several years. However, the quarry is where production starts and here, modern technology can provide savings downstream, in the kiln line. By Dr Pawel Kawalec, Kawalec Consulting GmbH, Switzerland. No longer an innovation, the use of drones is becoming more commonplace Rising environmental awareness as well as stricter local development rule...

Quarry Life 2018 Award winners announced

25 October 2018, Published under Cement News

A team from the University of South Wales has won HeidelbergCement Group's Quarry Life Awards 2018 for its biodiversity project. The project investigated the value of translocating ancient woodland soils with quarried landscapes at Forest Wood quarry, Mid-Glamorgan, in Wales. The winners picked up a prize of GBP4400 at the ceremony held at Hanson's former sand and gravel quarry at Middleton Hall, Tamworth. The winning team, led by Dr David Lee, senior lecturer in wildlife ecology, c...

Cemex renews Birdlife conservation partnership

15 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex announced it is renewing its partnership with Birdlife International, the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. The renewal extends the cement producer’s 10-year partnership by a further three years. “Cemex and BirdLife’s joint efforts have significantly improved the biodiversity of Cemex’s quarries, such as its Cerrito Blanco Quarry in northwestern Mexico. As a result of this BAP implementation, Mexico’s national bird, the Golden Eagle, is benefitting from a focussed con...

Punjab cement industry to be regulated after three decades

08 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The cement industry in Punjab, Pakistan, is being brought under regulatory control of the provincial government again, after 29 years. The decision to once again regulate the cement industry was taken during a marathon meeting of a committee, led by Chief Secretary Zahid Saeed, two days ago at the Civil Secretariat. Five provincial ministers, several administrative secretaries of the departments concerned and MPAs from the Salt Range attended the meeting during which every aspect of the r...

Dominican Republic: Cemex carries out reforestation at San Pedro de Macorís

24 August 2016, Published under Cement News

With the help of 100 volunteer employees, Cemex organised a reforestation day at the quarry of its San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican Republic as part of its “Manos a la Obra” (Hands to work) programme. The day saw the planting of 5000 trees native and endemic to the island of Hispaniola.  “At Cemex we are committed to minimising the environmental footprint of our operations. Therefore, we carefully identify and measure all our impacts. This reforestation day, in which our employees wer...

Holcim Indonesia develops Educational Forest

02 December 2014, Published under Cement News

Holcim Indonesia, in collaboration with the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, has jointly developed Holcim Educational Forest (HEF), a rehabilitated former quarry mining site covering 60ha of land in Cibadak, Sukabumi, West Java. Holcim started mining operations at the site in Cibadak in 1975. In 2011, the company began to convert the former Cibadak quarry area into a protected forest area to help sustain local communities, tourism, and studies by academics and school children. “HEF is expec...

HeidelbergCement announces winners International Quarry Life Award

17 December 2012, Published under Cement News

On 13 December 2012, the awards were presented to the international recipients at a ceremony in Heidelberg. The guest speaker for the event was none other than primate researcher, UN Messenger of  Peace and environmental acti vist, Jane Goodall, Dame of the British Empire. She spoke about the current threats to the planet, but also about what she sees as reasons for hope. With the Quarry Life Award, HeidelbergCement has established a competition at international level, with the aim of disco...

A raft of support for wildlife at new CEMEX nature reserve

13 November 2012, Published under Cement News

A new nature reserve is being created at a former CEMEX quarry and landfill site in Rugby, Warwickshire, UK. CEMEX UK initiated this imaginative restoration project in 2010 with the aim of converting the lime and clay quarry site at Parkfield Road, adjacent to its Rugby cement works, Warwickshire. The reserve is being created solely for nature to allow them to live and breed in peace and tranquility. An external viewing point is being provided for the local community to watch and enjoy the ...

Protecting biodiversity

11 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Quarrying limestone for cement can result in global extinctions of little-known biodiversity if appropriate surveys are not undertaken prior to the quarry opening and if impact avoidance, mitigation and offset measures are not put in place as part of the quarry’s environmental management plan. Tony Whitten, Fauna & Flora International, UK, considers the issues at stake. Karst limestone creates some of the most beautiful and memorable landscapes in the world. Credit: Zhao Wenqing ...