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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 ...

China looks to embrace sustainability

04 May 2012, Published under Cement News

When Li Juan took a look at European quarries last year, she was amazed by what she saw. Li, who has been a researcher at the China Building Materials Academy for more than a decade, describes her tour of the quarries as an eye-opener. Rather than growing back grass and trees, European cement producers rehabilitate their quarries down to the last detail, including bringing back the kinds of birds and insects that used to live there, Li says. The study tour was Li's first visit on biod...

Iraq’s sustainable development

25 April 2012, Published under Cement News

As a global company, Lafarge has committed to lighten its environmental footprint worldwide. Its industrial ecology concept comes as an answer to some environmental challenges linked with cement production, while providing a service to the local community. Its potential is not restricted to cement plants supplying mature economies, but also to emerging nations such as Iraq. Amr Elkady shares the company's sustainable vision. Lafarge operates the state-owned Bazian and Tasluja cement p...