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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.

Turkey seeks alternatives

23 February 2018, Published under Cement News

The concept of a circular economy is growing in influence and as a result the cement production process has begun to evolve. As a large-scale cement producer, Turkey shows considerable potential for the adoption of this alternative economy.  Figure 1: the circular economy cycle Turkey has begun to adopt the concept of a circular economy, a waste-to-energy solution that is a high priority for European Union. The circular economy model is based on the principle that natural resour...

NCB holds 15th seminar

05 February 2018, Published under Cement News

The 15th NCB International Seminar on Cement, Concrete and Building Materials held between 5-8 December 2017 at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi, India, was attended by over 1000 delegates. The technical programme featured 200 papers delivered on a diverse range of topics relevant to the industry, whilst an exhibition consisting of 90 companies highlighted the latest manufacturing technology. Some 90 companies participated in the NCB’s exhibition at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi,...