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Environmental Data of the German Cement Industry 2016: high investments in environmental protection

The now available environmental data of the German cement industry 2016 show that last year German cement manufacturers once again invested decisively in plant optimisation. This keeps them in a leading role worldwide in terms of environmental compatibility, alternative fuels and plant energy efficiency. “Where exhaust gas cleaning is concerned, German cement manufacturers have kept up their commitment. They are currently investing around 450 million euros especially in measures to cut NOx emissions”, says Christian Knell, President of the German Cement Works Association e.V. (VDZ). continue

3.2 % increase in cement consumption in 2016

Approx. 27.5 million tonnes of cement were used in Germany in 2016. This figure is roughly 3.2 % higher than in the previous year. The German Cement Works Association (VDZ) is expecting this positive trend to continue in 2017. continue

Christian Knell was elected as the new President of VDZ today

VDZ President Christian Knell
Christian Knell, General Manager of HeidelbergCement in Germany, was elected as the new President of VDZ in Ulm today. He succeeds long-standing President Gerhard Hirth, who has been at the helm of VDZ for 12 years. continue

Klaus Dyckerhoff Prize awarded for the fifth time: Professor Dr.-Ing. Siegbert Sprung honoured for his life’s work

On the occasion of the VDZ Annual Cement Conference 2016 in Duesseldorf, Germany, the fifth Klaus Dyckerhoff Prize has been awarded to Professor Dr.-Ing. Siegbert Sprung. continue

Cement consumption reaches 26.6 million tonnes in 2015

Approx. 26.6 million tonnes of cement were used in Germany in 2015. The figure was roughly 2.2 per cent lower than in the previous year. The German Cement Works Association (VDZ) is expecting a positive market development again in 2016. continue

Reduced emissions thanks to alternative raw materials and fuels

The recently published "Environmental data of the German Cement Industry 2014" are further proof of the efforts made by the German cement industry over the past year to make production as resource-efficient as possible and to further reduce emissions of relevance to the environment and the climate. To quote Dr. Martin Schneider, General Manager of the German Cement Works Association (VDZ), "Particular mention should be made of the fact that the producers are doing a lot to preserve natural resources through the increased use of alternative raw materials and fuels". continue

EU proposals for emissions trading after 2020 – cement industry rejects flat rate reduction

The EU climate protection targets envisage a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40 per cent by the year 2030 based on 1990 as reference year. Last Wednesday the EU commission presented its proposal for reforming the emission certificate trading system with effect from 2020. In the opinion of the German cement industry, the commission has however failed to address a number of problematic issues. continue

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