Holcim (Romania) organizes today at the cement plant in Alesd the Open Day with the theme "Today's solutions for tomorrow's benefits: Waste co-processing". The event is attended by central and local authorities, clients, media representatives and local community.
Following investments of more than 3 million EUR in special equipments for handling waste, the co-processing of over 100 types of waste is possible in Holcim cements plants in Alesd and Campulung. More investments will follow in order to increase the range of waste for co-processing at the cement plants in Alesd and Campulung, and to develop a similar activity at the cement plant in Turda.
"Waste is a problem that today's society has to face and to deal with. Based on the international experience we have, Holcim (Romania) has taken the challenge of participating into solving this problem by offering an environmental friendly and viable solution: waste co-processing in our cement plants," said Markus Wirth, General Manager of Holcim (Romania).
Waste co-processing in the cement plants of Holcim (Romania) has three major advantages: safe elimination of waste without any harm to the environment and health, preservation of natural resources by partial substitution of traditional fuels and raw materials with alternative ones, and reduction of greenhouse emissions that would be generated in case of elimination of waste by landfilling or incineration. Moreover, the waste treating technology in cement plants is 100% environmentally friendly and leaves no residues, slag or ashes.
In the cement plants of Holcim (Romania) the treatment of waste is totally safe due to the advantages given by the already existing conditions which are necessary for the production of clinker: quality control and emissions monitoring, very high temperatures (2000°C), long residence time for the waste, no residues (ashes or similar). Complex physical and chemical analyses are mandatory for accepting the waste for co-processing, in order to ensure full compliance with the requirements for work health and safety, quality of the cement manufacturing process, and protection of the environment.
Waste co-processing in cement plants proves to be a win-win-win activity for all parties involved: waste generators, cement producers, the society and the environment.
The protection of the environment has always been one of the priorities of Holcim (Romania) and, in this respect, the company has developed and implemented strategies at European standards. In terms of figures, just for the protection of the environment, the company has invested more than EUR 20 million since 1997. The three cement plants of Holcim (Romania) - Alesd, Campulung and Turda - are equipped with filters for reducing the emissions and equipments for continuously monitoring dust emissions at kiln stack. Moreover, 9 of the 12 ready-mixed concrete plants are built on an environmentally friendly concept, and the remaining 4 have been modernized to comply with European standards.
Holcim (Romania) S.A. is the Romanian subsidiary of Holcim Group Ltd, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement, as well as aggregates (gravel and sand), concrete and construction-related services. One of the top players in the world construction materials industry, the Group is based in Switzerland and has majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents. Holcim employs more than 60,000 people operating 130 cement plants and grinding stations and over 750 ready-mixed concrete plants throughout the world. Holcim is also one of the first international players in the construction industry to have invested in Eastern Europe after 1989. Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently operates 3 cement plants, in Turda, Campulung and Alesd, 12 ready-mixed concrete plants (9 of which have been built based on the concept of environment friendliness) and 4 aggregates plants. Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently has approximately 1,300 employees. The website of the company is www.holcim.ro.