Holcim (Romania) invests this year more than EUR 2 million in environmental protection projects, which is an amount similar to the one in 2007. The overall investments in environmental protection performed by Holcim (Romania) during the period 1998 - 2007 amounts to over EUR 26 million.
The objectives of Holcim (Romania) for reducing its environmental footprint are:
- reduction of atmospheric emissions by promoting and implementing best available technologies;
- rational usage of non-renewable natural resources and further development of waste co-processing (material and thermal recovery);
- supply of environmentally friendly products;
- rehabilitation of former industrial sites.
"For us the protection of the environment is a priority and all our investments in programmes for the modernisation or expansion of our production facilities have an environmental component. We apply best available technologies and this requires a continuous investment effort. We also make our best efforts for limiting our CO2 footprint and the target at Group level is to reduce specific CO2 emissions by 20% per tone of cement between 1990 and 2010," said Markus Wirth, General Manager of Holcim (Romania).
Holcim was the first company to introduce in Romania the concept of environmentally-friendly ready-mixed concrete plant, with the launch of the plant in Pitesti in 2001. This concept meets the latest environmental standards regarding reduction of dust and noise emissions, and recycling of fresh concrete residues and waste water from washing truck mixers.
Increasing the energy efficiency of the cement plants and reducing the clinker factor are the main component of the project for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, jointly implemented by Holcim (Romania) and the Government of the Netherlands, with the approval and support of the Government of Romania, according to the mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol. The emission reductions obtained as a result of this project have been monitored starting with 2004 and checked periodically by an independent body.
Reducing the clinker factor is one of the most efficient methods applied by the cement plants in Europe for reducing CO2 emissions. Clinker can be partly substituted by industrial by-products or residual materials such as fly ash from coal power plants or granulated blastfurnace slag, or by limestone and natural pozzolanas. The cements with lower clinker factor are standardized in the European standard and are best for producing concrete used in aggressive environments.
Moreover, Holcim (Romania) offers environmental services to waste generators by co-processing the waste in the cement plants either as alternative fuels or raw materials for the cement production process. The environmental services are offered in partnership with the company ecovalor, which ensures the collection, transportation and pre-treatment of the waste in order to optimize the co-processing activity.
Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents, and employs some 90,000 people. Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently operates 3 cement plants, in Turda (grinding), Campulung and Alesd, 16 environmentally-friendly ready-mixed concrete plants, and 5 aggregates plants. Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently has approximately 1,400 employees. The website of the company is www.holcim.ro.