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TITAN reports positive year for environmental performance

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TITAN Cement recorded a generally positive year for environmental measures with most emissions and water consumption trending downwards, while the use of alternative fuels increased. The group sent 80.8% of its everyday waste for reuse, recycling, or recovery.

Dust emissions fell by about 33% on 2015 levels to 23.9 gram per tonne of clinker. SOX emissions also fell slightly to 205.6 gram per tonne of clinker, while NOX was down to 1702.9 gram per tonne of clinker.

Group carbon emission were up slightly, however, after an enforced fuel switch in Egypt and lower sales of processed fly ash – a lower carbon-intensity product – by US subsidiary, ST Equipment and Technology.

“Our investment in emission control and reduction, where needed, continued, leading to a further significant improvement in dust emissions,” said TITAN’s CEO, Dimitri Papalexopoulos. “On the other hand, CO2 emissions increased marginally, as the improvement achieved through increased use of alternative fuels was not sufficient to counteract an unfavourable fuel and product mix.”

On the water management side, specific water consumption at the group’s cement and grinding plants – as well as attached quarries – fell 11% in 2016 to 215 litres per tonne of cement.

Water recycling facilities are now operating in 92% of TITAN’s cement plants, recycling 25 million m3 of water in 2016, equivalent to 82% of the total water withdrawn.

Last year also saw an increase in the amount of alternative raw materials, which comprised 5.1% of the total raw materials used for clinker and cement manufacture in 2016. Alternative fuel use increased to 8.6% of the total, with two companies – GAEA Bulgaria and GAEA Egypt – tasked with sourcing and producing suitable alternatives fuels for TITAN plants.

All TITAN cement plants have an environmental management system (EMS) in place to meet ISO14001 standard on environmental management. The group’s three Greek cement plants, as well as one in Bulgaria, also concluded a revision to their EMS in 2016 to meet the revised ISO14001:2015 standard, and have be certified accordingly.

TITAN Cement primarily operates cement plants in the US and Europe, as well as Turkey and Egypt. In 2016, the group achieved cement sales of 17.5 million, compared to 16.5 million t in 2015.

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