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Holcim invests in Blue Planet Systems Corp

17 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Holcim has announced its financial investment in Blue Planet Systems Corporation, a US-based start-up whose patented mineralisation technology is a unique scalable method for capturing and permanently sequestering millions of tonnes of CO 2 .  Blue Planet claims its technology permanently locks up to 440kg of CO 2 into every tonne of synthetic aggregate it produces, opening the pathway to carbon-negative concrete. The investment adds to Holcim’s portfolio of over 30 carbon c...

Carbon8 secures GBP5m investment to accelerate CCUS deployment

16 June 2022, Published under Cement News

At Vivatech (Paris), Carbon8, the UK clean technology company specialising in carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), announce the closure of a GBP5m funding round. Vicat , the international cement group, EDF Group and its corporate venture capital arm, EDF Pulse Ventures, have co-invested GBP4m in Carbon8. John Pilkington, CEO of Carbon8, said: “Vicat Group and EDF Group share Carbon8’s vision of pioneering cleantech solutions for heavy industry and helping industry achieve their ...

Holcim’s Martes-Tolosane plant increases waste treatment facility

16 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Holcim's Martes-Tolosane plant in France has doubled its waste treatment capacity with the recent modernisation of the kiln with the help of Geocycle. The enhanced capacity will allow the plant to recycle 100,000t of waste (versus an earlier capacity of 40,000t) from 2022. The recycling of the waste, mainly solid recovered fuels (SRF), will not only reduce the reliance on natural resources but also reduce the plant's carbon footprint and help divert significant volumes of non-recy...

Alfred H Knight opens Olympic Business Park sample preparation lab

16 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Alfred H Knight   has opened its state-of-the-art sample preparation facility. The site, located in Olympic Business Park, Kilmarnock, UK, is a result of significant investment and expansion of Alfred H Knight’s operations in Scotland and will now be home to all of the Energy Services’ sample preparation services for biomass, coal and waste in Scotland.   The energy transition is a welcome pathway from fossil-based fuels to zero-carbon and as the energy sector looks to reimagine the way th...

Cementa wants climate-positive cement for National Transport Plan

15 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Cementa has responded to the National Transport Plan of Sweden until 2033, recently announced by  Tomas Eneroth, Minister of Infrastructure, arguing that new infrastructure should be built with climate-positive cement. Karin ComStedt Webb, VP of HeidelbergCement Sweden, said, “Until now, I believe that we in Sweden have often taken cement and concrete for granted and that it should always be available. But for Sweden to continue to be self-sufficient in our most important building mater...

Ecocem questions UK Government's CO2 regulations for new homes and buildings

14 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Ecocem has questioned whether the new UK Government regulations (15 June 2022) for new homes and buildings in England to produce significantly less CO 2 go far enough? Ecocem advises that embodied carbon, meaning the CO 2 emissions released over the whole lifecycle of a building, should be adopted alongside carbon emissions for building materials. According to the World Green Building Council, buildings are responsible for 39 per cent of global carbon related emissions, with a significa...

Vassiliko Cement fire caused by shredder

14 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Vassiliko Cement suffered a fire over the weekend beause a tyre shredder ignited at the Cypriot cement plant. The director of the environment department, Costas Hadjipanayiotou, who was at the scene on Saturday afternoon said it appeared the fire was caused by a malfunction in a tyre shredder that ignited the spark. The fire broke out on Saturday afternoon in an open area filled with old tyres between the villages of Kalavasos and Mari, and was brought under control before midnight. St...

German construction sector outlook adds to cement producer worries

10 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Germany's construction sector is showing signs of weakness despite having been supported by strong stimulus plans. This week CIC-Market Solutions reported that the explosion in raw material costs and uncertainty concerns over inflation were impacting stock market prices in the German building materials sector. S&P Global's analysis of May 2022 indicates that rising price pressures dampened demand in the German construction sector with material shortages and uncertainty among clients. Civil ...

Cembureau calls MEPs to secure a timely ETS and CBAM agreement

10 June 2022, Published under Cement News

C EMBUREAU (European Cement Association) expressed its disappointment at the European Parliament plenary votes on the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). “The EU cement industry needs a strong CBAM to support our decarbonisation efforts and fight carbon leakage. Both draft European Parliament texts on ETS and CBAM contain significant improvements on some key issues – such as CBAM’s watertightness or industrial innovation, which are essen...

dy-pack wins EUROSAC Gold Award

10 June 2022, Published under Cement News

After two years of social distancing, the members of EUROSAC got together for a physical congress on 20 May in Bilbao, Spain. Under the theme 'Paper sacks on the move!', around 130 participants discussed recent developments for the fastdeveloping paper sack and sack kraft paper industry. In the focus of discourse were challenges and opportunities of paper sack recycling in Europe. As one highlight of the congress, the industry’s most remarkable innovations from the past year were presented...