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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...

Cemtech Asia and the Philippine growth trail

01 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemtech Asia’s seventh conference and exhibition, which took place in Manila, Philippines, between 19-22 June, provided an exceptional opportunity to take stock of the industry’s progress in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. Ernesto M Ordoñez, president of the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP), delivered the keynote address, using the opportunity to highlight the country’s upward momentum in cement consumption. Ernesto M Ordoñez addresses delegates...

LafargeHolcim’s fifth international design awards opens for entries

06 July 2016, Published under Cement News

This week sees LafargeHolcim’s fifth international sustainable construction awards open for submissions. The awards, administered by the LafargeHolcim Foundation, will be accepting entrants until 21 March 2017. The competition’s main category is open to architects, planners, engineers, students of related disciplines, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues within contemporary bu...

CRH releases 2015 sustainability report

04 July 2016, Published under Cement News

CRH has launched its 2015 Sustainability Report that covers 84 pages on how it approaches sustainability, health and safety, environment and climate change, governance as well as people and community.  In the 84-page report the company highlights that 1.6Mt of alternative fuels provided 30 per cent of its cement plant fuel requirements during 2015, while the company’s water intake has fallen by 65 per cent through recycling. CRH produced 33.5Mt of cement in 2015, 1.1Mt of lime, 270.3Mt of...

The SEACON project

01 June 2016, Published under Cement News

The SEACON project is a new research initiative into the production of an innovative concrete, containing high-chloride constituents (ie, cement, water and aggregates) in combination with non-corrosive reinforcement. This paper shows goals and preliminary results of one of its work packages. By Federica Bertola, Fulvio Canonico and Manuela Bianchi, Buzzi Unicem, Italy, and Antonio Nanni, University of Miami, USA. Figure 1: partners and collaborators of the SEACON project The SEA...

PCA: 100 years of addressing members' needs

16 May 2016, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association is currently in its centennial year. With the US economy proving to be steady and advances in technology spurring the cement industry on to greater efficiency and emissions control, ICR spoke with PCA President and CEO, James G Toscas, to gain a greater understanding of what is driving the PCA on and what the main objectives are for the next 100 years. James Toscas, president and CEO, PCA ICR: In 2016 the Portland Cement Association (PCA) is cele...

China National Building Materials (CNBM)

29 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Song Zhiping, chairman of China National Building Materials (CNBM), has met with a delegation from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to reinforce the company’s commitment to promoting global sustainable development. Mr Zhiping told the delegation that CNBM would continue to encourage sustainable practices through its leading role in the Chinese building materials sector and called for even greater co-operation and communication between the fields of sustainable d...

Bestway Cement recognised for sustainability endeavours

21 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Bestway Cement, together with its newly-acquired Pakcem unit, was honoured for its efforts in contributing to sustainable development, when it received four awards at an award ceremony held in Islamabad, Pakistan. Bestway won the coveted awards in the categories of Green Energy Initiatives, Community Development and Service, Education and Scholarship and Employee Engagement and Volunteering, The Pakistan Observer reported yesterday. The Waste Heat Recovery Power Plants, Health and Safety i...

Philippines: Apo Cement Corp recognised for environmental stewardship

06 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Apo Cement Corp, a subsidiary of the Cemex Philippines, was recently recognised for its environmental stewardship, health and safety, and community development achievements. The Apo team received the awards from the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) committee during the 62nd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference in November. The awards included the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award 2015 – platinum award, best mining forest and safes...

Four Cemex USA cement plants awarded Energy Star certification

19 October 2015, Published under Cement News

Cemex USA announced Thursday that four of its cement manufacturing plants have earned the US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® certification in 2015. Cemex noted that recognition of its USA’s plants in Miami, FL, Clinchfield, GA, Fairborn, OH, and Victorville, CA, demonstrates that these facilities perform among the top 25 per cent of similar US facilities for energy conservation. 2015 marks the ninth consecutive year of certification for the Clinchfield plant, an achievement r...