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UK cement industry exceeds its waste emission targets, report says

The UK cement manufacturing industry has published the results of their report on waste emissions online.

The Mineral Products Association’s (MPA) 2008 Performance Report shows that the UK cement industry has exceeded its targets in reducing waste in 11 out of the 15 areas set out in 2007.

The published results showed their emissions in dust, oxides of nitrogen, sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide were lower than set out in the original report produced last year.

Executive director of the MPA, Dr Pal Chana, said “I am delighted that MPA Cement members … have once again risen to the environmental challenge and beaten many of their 2010 targets two years early. This is testament to the commitment our members have to minimizing the impact their operations have on local communities and the environment as a whole.”

Key emissions results:

Dust emissions to air per tonne manufactured: 2008 Actual = 0.10  2010 Target = 0.13

NOx emissions to air per tonne manufactured: 2008 Actual = 1.63  2010 Target = 2.20

SO2 emissions to air per tonne manufactured: 2008 Actual = 0.64  2010 Target = 1.10

CO2 emissions directly from cement plants per tonne manufactured: 2008 Actual = 776.8  2010 Target = 800.0

In 2007 the MPA set out five objectives aimed at reducing pollution and increasing the efficiency of waste from cement: to increase the use of waste used as raw materials or fuel in cement works; to reduce waste disposal from cement manufacturing; to reduce air pollution from cement manufacturing; to reduce emissions of greenhouse
gases per tonne of cement and to improve regulatory compliance and stakeholder perception of sites.

A copy of Performance Report 2008 can be downloaded from www.cementindustry.co.uk

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