Cement Americas

SPR 2018

Cement Americas provides comprehensive coverage of the North and South American cement markets from raw material extraction to delivery and tranportation to end user.

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12 CEMENT AMERICAS • Spring 2018 • www.cementamericas.com CEMENTSCOPE bu-Flex will enable operators to switch between different solid fuels, including alternative fuels, and optimize for each with one burner. By having the flexibility to switch between fuels, cement and other industrial plants will be able to lower fuel costs and improve kiln performance. Maintenance will also be reduced due to the burner not needing moving parts to change air supply. Recently completed or current active projects by FCT Com- bustion include a Gyro-Therm MKII precessing jet burn- er for Ash Grove Cement, Durkee, Ore.; Lafarge Canada, Exshaw, Alberta; and Lehigh Hanson, Fleetwood, Penn. Cemex announced that the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) granted Gold Certification for the company's Las Salinas and Laguna Cabral Biodiversity Action Plan in the Dominican Republic. The project is led by Cemex in collaboration with Grupo Jaragua and Birdlife International. "We are proud to receive Gold Conservation Certifi- cation from the WHC. This recognition reflects our successful sustainability efforts in the country and fos- ters our commitment to embed sustainability in every aspect of our operations," said Alejandro Ramirez, president of Cemex in the Dominican Republic. The Biodiversity Action Plan was created five years ago in collaboration with Birdlife International and Grupo Jaragua to mitigate past or present envi- ronmental impacts and involve local communities in environmental conservation by playing the role of environmental guardians. Conservation efforts include helping to safeguard two endangered spe- cies, the Rhinoceros Iguana (the largest endemic vertebrate in the area) and the jicotea (Hispaniolan Slider Turtle); protecting Laguna Cabral, a BirdLife Important Bird and Biodiversity Area and Ramsar Site; and restoring Lemba River's native riverbank vegetation. "Our collaborative project will not only guide Cemex quarry restoration efforts in the future, but has pro- vided a lifeline for two critical species threatened with local extinction. We are thrilled that our team effort has been awarded the highest recognition by the WHC," said Yolanda León, president of Grupo Jaragua. "Thanks to the specific efforts of its habitat conser- vation program, Cemex has complied and exceeded the criteria for the promotion of wildlife quality. This accomplishment recognizes the Dominican Repub- lic's and Cemex's commitment to conservation," commented Emily Voldstad, director of conservation certification and technology at the WHC. WHC Awards Cemex Gold Certification for Biodiversity Action Plan The rhinoceros iguana is one of the protected species of the con- servation plan developed by Cemex, Birdlife and Grupo Jaragua. Photo courtesy of Cemex in the Dominican Republic

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