Wednesday 1 February 2023

Reducing the carbon footprint

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The majority of TITAN Group CO2 emissions come from cement production. In 2010, total direct CO2 emissions from the cement plants were 10,1 million tons. Starting from 2009, we include in our calculations emissions from on-site vehicle and mobile equipment. Following WBCSD/CSI reporting principles, CO2 emissions were recalculated for the period 1990-2009 to take into account the changes in the equity held by TITAN Group in cement production in Egypt and Turkey.

In 2010 specific CO2 emissions were 697.7kg CO2 /t product. This regression is mainly due to increased trading in markets where neither legislation nor demand favor blended cements, while pressures from imports by countries without carbon footprint limitations continuously increase.

However the carbon footprint of TITAN operations is considerably improved by the positive balance created by TITAN’s U.S.A.-based subsidiary Separation Technologies (ST).

Having completed a very successful innovation phase in the last ten years, ST has developed a well-proven technology that specializes in separating the fly ash produced as a by-product of power plants, generating a cementitious product (Pro-Ash™) that can be used for the production of construction materials such as concrete, further reducing CO2 footprint. If the Pro-Ash™ production is taken into account, specific emissions come to 654.4kg CO2 /t product.

TITAN’s revised target for 2015 is to reduce specific CO2 emissions to 628kg CO2 /t product.

Moreover, TITAN Group Research and Development Department has focused on a variety of projects aiming at reducing the carbon footprint of TITAN products, as well as servicing the customer needs, taking the following actions: 

  • Production by the Usje plant of low heat of hydration pozzolanic cement, used for infrastructure constructions (dams).
  • Marketing lower clinker content cement in the U.S.A. 
  • Support, justification and documentation to Egyptian authorities of European regulations regarding the use of blended cement. 
  • Replacement of bauxite by alternative raw materials (fly and bottom ash) in Pennsuco Plant. 
  • Development of new more friendly to the environment products (e.g. pervious concrete). 
  • Increasing the recycling of construction demolition waste by using them as aggregates in concrete production.

 

Group target on CO2 emissions

 Reduce our specific CO2 emissions by 22% until 2015 compared to 1990

2015 target: 628kg CO2/t product which is also 5% below the projected for 2015 CO2 emissions by WBCSD

Group target on alternative fuels

 Substitute conventional fuels with alternative fuels by 10% (on heat base) until 2017