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Hanson surpasses 2020 sustainability targets

07 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Hanson UK's latest sustainability report announces that the company has passed its 2020 targets for reducing both mains water use and waste to landfill while CO 2 emissions per tonne of product have fallen by 7.2 per cent to reach the lowest level for five years. The number of lost time injuries remained static at 21, but the frequency rate was down on the prior year and there was a three-month unbroken spell without a lost time injury. A major development during the year was the launc...

Petrocem 10th International Conference

05 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Congratulations to Petrocem, which celebrated its 10th biennial conference & exhibition at the Astoria Hotel in St Petersburg, Russia, on 22-24 April. Petrocem was established in the spring 2000 by ‘Journal Cement and its Applications’ and has gone from strength to strength under the committed leadership of Liudmila German, to become the pre-eminent gathering of cement leaders from the Russian Federation and surrounding nations, attracting over 500 delegates for this major anniversary celebr...

Research undertaken to increase fly ash in cement

01 May 2018, Published under Cement News

An ongoing research project, carried out by De Salle University in the Philippines, is seeking to use 100 per cent fly ash in cement production in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint. "My project aims to use fly ash alone without using Portland cement. We try to utilise the waste of coal-fired plants to produce material comparable to Portland cement and we call the technology geopolymer," said Dr Michael Angelo B Promentilla, Professor of Chemical Engineering and the head of the Wast...

Ambuja Cement ranks highly in global CDP report

19 April 2018, Published under Cement News

India’s Ambuja Cements Ltd has been ranked as number two in the world in the latest report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The report features 13 of the largest publicly-listed companies, which account for 15 per cent of global cement production, and highlights their business readiness for a low-carbon economy transition. "We are delighted with the CDP’s World ranking – and even more as we have topped in the Climate Governance & Strategy. In fact, CO2 emissions’ reduction is one ...

Irish Cement receives approval to replace fossil fuels

16 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Irish Cement has received permission from An Bord Pleanála to replace fossil fuels at its facilities in Mungret, Limerick, and Platin, Co Meath. The Mungret decision has been criticised by Limerick Against Pollution (LAP), according to The Irish Times. The environmental group has been critical of the plant’s environmental record and the proposal to burn used tyres. However, the EUR10m project received permission from the Limerick City and County Council to proceed. An Bord Pleanála no...

Changing world, changing industry

28 March 2018, Published under Cement News

How much influence do modern-day global trends such as climate change, shifting economic power and urbanisation exert on the cement sector? This article looks at several key megatrends and their impact on decisions for the cement industry of the future. By Dr Adrian Vaida, independent researcher, Australia. In today’s rapidly-changing world the cement industry must adapt its practices and products to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead Business in gen...

Five Cemex plants become the first facilities to receive CSC certification

22 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex has announced that five of its concrete plants in California have earned Responsible Sourcing Certification from the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), becoming the first facilities of any company in the USA to receive this designation. The five plants – located in Oakland, San Carlos, Santa Clara, San Jose, and San Francisco – met the CSC requirements as confirmed via an audit by SGS, an independent, third-party certification body. "Sustainability is a guiding principle at ...

Waste to wealth

21 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Africa’s Ewekoro plant, some 50km north of Lagos, in Ogun state, Nigeria, pioneered the use of alternative fuels in the country. The company charts the milestones and looks at the future challenges in transforming biomass waste to a source of wealth for the company and local communities. By Abdel-Ileh Chouar, Lafarge Africa, Nigeria. A truck delivers biomass to Lafarge Africa’s Ewekoro plant, Nigeria In 1995, one of the projects carried out by Segun Shoyoye, a young, new...

Playing its part in Paris

12 March 2018, Published under Cement News

In line with the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change, HeidelbergCement has published its ‘Sustainability Commitments 2030’, which see the cement producer leading the development of carbon capture, utilisation and sequestration (CCUS) technologies for the cement industry. By Jan Theulen, HeidelbergCement, Germany. Figure 1: test facility for CCS at Brevik, Norway In November 2017 HeidelbergCement published its ‘Sustainability Commitments 2030’, reflecting the company’s environ...

UltraTech takes 400t of waste from railway workshop

08 March 2018, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement has taken 400t of waste from the Golden Rock railway workshop in Ariyalur, India, to be used as an alternative fuel in its cement kilns. The company will take an additional 300t of cushions, rubber belts, berth covers and other rubber products over the coming months. The workshop is currently overhauling passenger coaches and diesel locomotives, and therefore hopes to sign another agreement to dispose of 5000t of waste, according to The Hindu.