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Holcim replaces Beckum cooler

08 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Holcim is modernising its Beckum pyroprocessing line with a new state-of-the-art Pendulum cooler. The project represents a EUR20m investment and is expected to significantly reduce the plant's thermal energy requirement as well as CO 2 emissions. The cement producer will shut down its plant on 24 July for approximately 45 days to install the new cooler with a restart scheduled for the beginning of September. However, during its annual inspection between 8-26 January, the plant will firs...

CRH completes lime divestment

05 January 2024, Published under Cement News

On 22 November 2023, CRH plc announced that it had reached an agreement to divest its lime operations in Europe for a total consideration of around US$1.1bn. This company is pleased to announce that the first phase of the transaction, comprising the group’s lime operations in Germany, Czech Republic and Ireland, is now complete.

UK Government unveils 'CCUS Vision'

21 December 2023, Published under Cement News

The UK Government has unveiled its plans to make the country a global market for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), adding an estimated GBP5bn (US$6.3bn) to the economy by 2050. The plan – named the CCUS Vision – sets out how the UK will transition from early projects backed by government support to becoming a competitive market in this area by 2035, meaning UK companies will compete to build carbon capture facilities and sell their services to the world. The UK holds a strategic...

CEMEX supports zero emission hydrogen start-up

21 December 2023, Published under Cement News

CEMEX Ventures, CEMEX’s corporate venture capital and open innovation unit, has increased its stake in HiiROC, a UK-based start-up that produces cost-competitive and zero-emission hydrogen through its proprietary process of thermal plasma electrolysis. While hydrogen is becoming an increasingly promising alternative energy source and feedstock for a wide and diverse set of industrial processes, existing solutions are traditionally either high emission or high cost. Alternatively, HiiROC...

Hoffmann Green extends contract with CSTB

21 December 2023, Published under Cement News

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies has announced that the partnership contract it signed in 2021 with France’s Scientific and Technical Centre for Building (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB)) has been extended for a further three years. According to the cement producer, thanks to the planning and coordination established between the two entities, this partnership extension will enable Hoffmann Green to benefit from optimised lead-times for the assessment of its curr...

MPA welcomes UK CBAM

21 December 2023, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has welcomed plans by the UK Government to level the carbon cost playing field between UK cement production and imports, by introducing a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) by 2027.    The UK cement and concrete sector – represented by the MPA – provides a secure, domestic supply of essential materials to build the infrastructure needed for a low carbon future, and makes a vital contribution to UK GVA, supporting skilled jobs across the cou...

UK carbon pricing levy by 2027

20 December 2023, Published under Cement News

The UK is to introduce a new import carbon pricing mechanism by 2027 to support its decarbonisation drive. Among the products subject to the new levy will be cement, along with steel, iron, aluminium and ceramics. Imports of these goods from overseas will face a comparable carbon price to those produced in the UK, helping to reduce the risk of carbon leakage.  According to the UK Government, the charge applied by the carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) will depend on the amount of c...

Lafarge faces new terrorism lawsuit

20 December 2023, Published under Cement News

Hundreds of Yazidi Americans have launched a lawsuit against Lafarge, accusing it of supporting violence carried out by ISIL (ISIS). According to Aljazeera news, the cement producer is accused of abetting violence and terrorism by providing supplies for the construction of tunnels and prisons. The lawsuit was filed in New York on 14 December, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad.  The lawsuit reportedly states that Lafarge “aided and abetted ISIS’s acts of international terrorism a...

TITAN announces IFESTOS grant agreement with EU Innovation Fund

19 December 2023, Published under Cement News

TITAN has signed a Grant Agreement with the EU Innovation Fund for IFESTOS, its pioneering carbon capture project in Greece, following its selection in July, in the context of the fund’s third call for large-scale projects. The EU Innovation Fund, one of the world’s largest funding programmes for innovative low-carbon technologies, will support TITAN's project with a grant of EUR234m. IFESTOS is poised to accelerate the green transformation of the Greek building materials industry and ...

Saint-Gobain makes first move into Ecuador

19 December 2023, Published under Cement News

Saint-Gobain has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in IMPTEK Chova del Ecuador, a leading player in the construction chemicals market in Ecuador, providing differentiated and innovative waterproofing solutions. This will be Saint- Gobain’s first manufacturing presence in the country. With expected revenues of around EUR30m in 2023, operating one plant in the region of Quito and employing about 120 people, IMPTEK is a leader in the Ecuadorian construction market, off...