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Behind the numbers

30 July 2012, Published under Cement News

The Cement Sustainability Initiative’s “Getting the numbers right” project has seen the creation of a sizeable and influential database on cement plant emissions and energy consumption, which has just been updated with 2010 data. Phil Kerton of CPK Consultancy, UK, takes a first look at some of the interesting values and trends that can be extracted from this important resource. It is the sixth year that the Cement Sustainability Initiative publishes data on cement industry CO2 emissi...

Lafarge: June '12

06 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has launched its 'Sustainability Ambitions 2020' programme, which sets 34 new sustainability ambitions. These include an increase to 50 per cent of the portion of non-fossil fuels, which is to include a 30 per cent share for bio-mass, a 33 per cent reduction of CO2 emissions compared with 1990 and 20 per cent of the concrete produced containing re-used and recycled materials. The group aims to generate an additional EUR1750m of EBITDA between 2012 and 2015. The main item is to be...

Industry welcomes government investment in biofuels technology

29 June 2012, Published under Cement News

The Cement Association of Canada has applauded the  Government of Canada's announcement that it will invest almost $1million in Ontario-based Pond Biofuels towards the advancement of Canadian biofuel technology and expertise. This investment will be made under the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario's Investing in Business Innovation initiative. The contribution will help Pond Biofuels complete a pilot demonstration of a technology developed jointly with St Marys Cemen...

FICEM's emission reduction and energy improvement measures

20 June 2012, Published under Cement News

As a side event to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (20-22 June 2012) the Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD), will take place previous to the Rio + 20 Summit. The objective of the meeting is to summarise the initiatives and achievements by the cement industry in the past 10 years in relation to environmental stewardship and its compromise towards the future. The report will be presented by the CSI (Cement Sustainability Initiative). ...

WBCSD releases 2012 Progress Report

20 June 2012, Published under Cement News

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)’s Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) has marked 10 years of progress with the release of its 2012 Progress Report. The report provides a snapshot of the Initiative’s achievements and an outlook on the future sustainability challenges the cement industry faces. "Moving on to the second decade of the 21st century, businesses are not only expected to manage their own response to sustainability challenges but also to help soci...

Lafarge sustainability ambitions 2020

20 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has entered a new phase in its sustainability commitment with the launch of Sustainability Ambitions 2020. The 34 new sustainability ambitions are organised around the three main pillars of sustainable development - social, economic and environmental and they are coupled with demanding quantitative targets. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruno Lafont comments:  "Sustainability Ambitions 2020 is the continuation of our 2007-12 programme, at the end of which we had achieved...

Cemex launches 'Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet' book

20 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Cemex UK and Conservation International Europe have presented their book, Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet, at a Royal Society reception in London. The book, which has also been developed in association with the International League of Conservation Photographers and other conservation bodies, outlines life’s dependency on a healthy ocean.??Through analysis from renowned marine scientists and with over 150 images by leading photographers, the book aims to offer innovative and creative solu...

PCA Chair stresses the need for resilience at Rio+20

19 June 2012, Published under Cement News

PCA Chairman of the Board Aris Papadopoulos called on the business leaders of the world to include resilient construction into public policy at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in Rio de Janeiro. Papadopoulos, CEO of Titan America, said that just building 'green' was not enough to protect human lives and business investment. "To me the conversation on sustainability was missing one element – resilience. Urbanisation investment over the next 20 to 30 years will exceed all such inves...

Holcim on track to achieve sustainable targets

12 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim said on Tuesday said it is on track to achieve its sustainability targets. I n the 2011 Holcim Corporate Sustainable Development Report, which features the company's progress against existing targets, Holcim said its self-imposed targets for reducing dust and NOx emissions have been met, and that the company leads in the industry with the lowest CO2 emissions per tonne of cement produced. Holcim also reported that it has improved the Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate by 79 per cent ...

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 ...