Cement Americas

SUM 2019

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10 CEMENT AMERICAS • Summer 2019 • www.cementamericas.com CEMENTSCOPE 'ĂůůƐĨŽƌDŽĚĞƌŶŝnjŝŶŐŽŶƐƚƌƵĐƚŝŽŶ/ŶĚƵƐƚƌLJ Speaking at the annual World Built Environment Forum Sum- mit, Dr. Andrew Minson, director of concrete and sustainable construction at the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), called on the importance of concrete and moderniz- ing the construction industry. He set out the industry's role in responding to the mega global trends of accelerating popula- tion growth, rapid urbanization and climate change. "Whilst we recognize the enormous challenges, the cement and concrete sector has a key role in helping to future proof the urban and natural environment against resource scar- city and climate change," said Dr. Minson. "Concrete has innate benefits including strength and durability which the world of the future will need. It is uniquely placed to help the world transition to clean energy, for example." ƌDŝŶƐŽŶĂĚĚĞĚƵŝůĚŝŶŐĨŽƌƚŚĞĨƵƚƵƌĞƌĞƋƵŝƌĞƐĂŵŽĚ- ern construction industry. We are working hard on continu- ing to improve our sustainability, and there is a lot of innova- tion and collaboration underway across the sector. Working right across the built environment, we can improve material efficiency, design and the re-use of buildings, as well ensur- ing recycling best practices are taken up across the world – indeed, improving all facets of the circular economy." The first plant producing low-carbon cement (LC3) has started production at Cuba's Universidad Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas, according to local media. The experimental unit, which is operated by the Geomin- era del Centro Co., is expected to produce between 8 to 10 tpd. Output from the plant will be used in the production of 1 million blocks per year for the province of Villa Clara and other markets where Geominera is active. The plant is the result of a collaboration between the uni- versity's Habitat project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (COSUDE) and the Industrias Putin de Instalaciones Automáticas para Cerámica (IPIAC). LC3 cement has been developed by CIDEM in conjunction with the Federal Polytechnic University of Lausanne, Swit- zerland, since 2009 and has been used experimentally in a wide range of construction applications. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) reserved judgement last month on whether to back the previous rulings of regional and global watchdogs that Rock Hard Cement, imported from outside the Caribbean Community (CAR- ICOM), is exempt from higher taxes applied to third-country goods, reported Barbados Today. Both the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Devel- opment (COTED) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) ruled that the Rock Hard Cement product import- ed from Turkey and Portugal is correctly classified as "oth- er hydraulic cement" and therefore attracts a much lower tax rate than what is produced in the region by competitors Arawak Cement Ltd. and Trinidad Cement Ltd. Lawyers on behalf of Trinidad and Tobago and Trinidad Cement insist that the classification of the WCO and COTED is "unsafe, unreliable and incorrect." The counsel suggest- ed that Rock Hard Cement be classified as "building cement grey" and liable to a 15% tariff rather than the current 5%. Additionally, the counsel suggested that the lower tax which Rock Hard has enjoyed since 2015 is unfairly compet- ing with the regionally produced cement of Arawak Cement and Trinidad Cement. ĂƌƚĞƐ'ƌŽƵƉ&ŝŶĞĚEĞĂƌůLJΨϬ<ĨŽƌůĞĂƌŝŶŐdƌĞĞƐ Local media in Paraguay reported Cartes Group receiving a $79,500 fine for cutting down trees where its proposed cement plant will be built near San Lazaro, Concepción. The company will also have to pay $1.8 million toward gaining environmental certificates for the $180 million project. Cartes Group purchased Calera Risso, the company plan- ning to build the new plant, in late 2018. Environmental studies conducted at the site have not- ed caves that should be federally protected including the Risso Cavern, where a fossil of a giant sloth was found in 2012. The Paraguayan Federation of Speleology asked the Ministry of Environmental and Sustainability (MADES) to safeguard the site that also holds microfossils dating back 550 million years. The proposed cement plant was announced in early 2019 with a tentative opening in 2021. &ŝƌƐƚ>ŽǁĂƌďŽŶĞŵĞŶƚWůĂŶƚĞŐŝŶƐWƌŽĚƵĐƚŝŽŶŝŶƵďĂ ĂƌŝďďĞĂŶŽƵƌƚŽĨ:ƵƐƚŝĐĞzĞƚƚŽZƵůĞŽŶZŽĐŬ,ĂƌĚĞŵĞŶƚĂƐĞ

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