Environment

cement industry in egypt

 

Environment

Cement Division

The Cement Division of the Egyptian Federation Industries is fully dedicated to:

  • Promoting regulations.
  • and legislation related to the environment.
  • Promoting professional engineering support, through sharing Member Best Practices, ECO Certification, Operations, and Facility guidelines.
  • Communicating with the government and other stakeholder relations, to bring information, advisories, and recommendations to the members in the field of respecting and protecting the environment.

 

In the cement industry, the fuels combusted to heat the kiln account for about 40% of total cement manufacturing emissions.

The remaining 60% are “process emissions” — i.e. when limestone is super heated. The Cement Division is pursuing a variety of innovative measures to further reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry approved the implementation of the roadmap in the cement industry in August 2017, and to move forward with implementation of the Roadmap’s recommendations, a Steering Committee was set up. 

The main objective of this Roadmap was to outline a path to mitigate as far as possible, the impact that the introduction of the new fuel regulations in Egypt would have on the country’s CO2 emissions. The Roadmap would achieve this through:  

  • Reduce about 3.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030; through replacing  at least 15% of the thermal energy of the cement industry with solid waste and agricultural waste
  • Increase the quantities of solid wastes that are buried and the burning of agricultural waste, which 3 million tons per year must be disposed of.
  • Reducing cement clinker content in cement from 89 % to 80 % by 2030, and in doing so will also contribute towards Egypt’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions under the Paris Agreement.

 

The Cement Division seeks to achieve the Zero Target for cement industry emissions and their impact on the environment- reducing emissions, dust, and adverse impacts- while adhering to the international standards for pollution rates allowed by international institutions and bodies for the cement industry around the world.

The rates of these emissions are measured by Egyptian government agencies through an emission measurement device. This device ensures that each manufacturer is committed to the international standards for pollution rates.

 

  1. The installation of water filters in all factories to clean the air from the emissions and dust produced by the production of cement
  2. The periodical cleaning and maintaining of the filters, that work at all times of the day, during the various manufacturing processes.
  3. The insurance that all factories have disciplined systems to manage environmental security measures according to international standards, and according to the latest state-of-the-art technologies in this field.

The use of coal in cement plants & the environment

 

The use of coal and alternative energy became an urgent necessity in the cement sector, especially considering the energy crisis between 2011 & 2013, and rising fuel and energy prices.

 

Municipal Waste and the Cement Industry

The cement industry has the capability of using waste materials as alternative fuels. The Division supports the industry in its use of waste materials as raw materials to enhance its competitiveness and simultaneously to contribute to the solution of society’ s problems concerning waste management.

The division shares with producers worldwide experiences and reports on this domain.

The application of alternative fuels and raw materials in the cement industry constitutes an essential part of Egypt’s proper waste management policy.

Useless materials, which are being used in the cement industry either as alternative fuels or as raw materials, if not used in the industry would otherwise end up in a landfill and would pollute the environment due to their uncontrollable disposal.

Their implementation in the cement industry substitutes mineral fuels, optimizes the recapture of energy and replaces raw materials. The Division supports the industry in raising awareness and precautions to the health & safety of the cement industry employees and continues monitoring to the cement quality.