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Creating an appropriate cement industry transformation framework

14 September 2021, Published under Cement News

The recently published “Environmental Data of the German Cement Industry 2020” reveals how cement manufacturers in Germany aim to meet the latest environmental policy targets. The agenda is headed by three major topics: Climate neutrality by 2050, the preservation of primary raw materials and air pollution control.   The road to climate neutrality will involve the cement industry having to reduce its CO 2 emissions to an unprecedented extent. “What we urgently need now to continue on ou...

Cemex launches its Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework

08 September 2021, Published under Cement News

Cemex has launched its most comprehensive 'Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework' to date. The framework further aligns Cemex's sustainability commitments to its financing strategy, as part of its Future in Action programme. Cemex's guiding principles for new sustainability-linked financing instruments, including public bonds, private placements, loans, derivatives, working capital solutions and other financing instruments are set out in the framework. "Climate change is one of the...

Holcim announces biodiversity and water strategy

06 September 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim has announced its strategy to become nature-positive by restoring and preserving biodiversity and water while bringing more nature into cities. The positive impact on biodiversity will be based on transformative rehabilitation plans and measured by a science-based methodology developed in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), according to a statement. Preserving water across its business, the group aims to replenish freshwater in water-risk areas...

ACC sets out 2030 sustainability targets

13 August 2021, Published under Cement News

ACC has become the first company in the Indian construction sector to sign the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” commitment with 2030 intermediate targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), according to a press release. ACC has committed to reducing scope 1 GHG emissions/t of cementitious material by 21.3 per cent and scope 2 GHG emissions/t by 48.4 per cent by 2030, compared with a 2018 base year. "At ACC, we continuously strive to become a responsible and sustainable c...

The potential of activated clays in cement

10 August 2021, Published under Cement News

One of the pathways to a more sustainable cement industry is the reduction of the clinker factor in cement. The use of thermally-activated clays not only reduces the clinker content but also lowers CO 2 emissions as a result of dihydroxilation instead of dicarbonation and other energy savings. By Dr Carlos Aramburo, Carlos Aramburo Consultant, Colombia; Luiz Felipe de Pinho, Dynamis, Brazil; Dr Rafael Talero, SACACH SL, Spain, and M Pilar de la Torre, Carlos Aramburo Consultant, Spain. ...

Working in the present, looking to the future

09 August 2021, Published under Cement News

While 2020 was a difficult year for the cement industry, Brazil’s leading cement player adapted and continued its expansion. Sustainability and the health and safety of its staff were key considerations in addressing the challenges of last year and those ahead in 2021. By Marcelo Castelli, Global CEO, Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil. Votorantim’s Cantagalo plant benefitted from domestic consumption growth The year 2020 brought countless challenges to all of us. We experienced a sign...

Brazil: striking the right balance

02 August 2021, Published under Cement News

The Brazilian cement industry has contributed greatly to the country’s development, providing high-quality products in line with demanding sustainability requirements. As the industry adjusts to the impact of COVID-19, producers continue to seek the balance between higher production, maintaining quality and reducing emissions even further. By Sindicato Nacional da Indústria do Cimento (SNIC), Brazil. Brazilian cement association SNIC provides an overview of the domestic cement sector ...

Cementos Argos achieves ‘outstanding’ FTSE4Good recognition

02 August 2021, Published under Cement News

Argos, (Grupo Argos) is the only Colombian company on the FTSE4Good Sustainability Index to achieve an outstanding listing in its category for its environmental, social, governance (ESG) practices among North American, European and Asian organisations.  The companies are evaluated on more than 150 indicators that cover topics such as efficient use of water, climate change, biodiversity, health and safety, labour standards, human rights and communities, fiscal transparency, corporate gover...

Cemex's new growth phase

02 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Cemex Day was held last week and looked at the company's investment and sustainability strategy going forwards. One of the most significant developments for the company is it reaching an investment-grade (IG) capital structure by the end of June. "We believe that we currently have the best market outlook in years, and that we are entering a period of sustainable growth. We can turn the page on what has been a lengthy chapter for Cemex and open a new book where we consolidate our recent a...

Cement sales in Dominican Republic decline 5% in 2020

22 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in the Dominican Republic fell by five per cent to 4,446,706t in 2020 from 4,703,347t in 2019, according to the country’s cement association, Adocem, in its newly-published 2020 annual report. Cement production declined 8.4 per cent to 5,168,969t in 2020 from 5,644,176t in the previous year. This represents a capacity utilisation rate of 74.6 per cent, down from 81.5 per cent in 2019. Of the country’s total output, 11.8 per cent was exported. While the country was impacted b...