Lafarge plant in Asia gets ‘green’ approval
Company’s Teresa cement plant in the Philippines achieves Clean Development Mechanism status
A CARBON-reduction project to produce green electricity generation at Lafarge’s Teresa cement plant in the Philippines (recovering heat to turn into electricity) has been registered as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by the CDM executive committee in Bonn, Germany.
The programme was established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the context of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. The mechanism is designed to provide financial incentive for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries.
The project at Teresa, for example, provides 30% of the plant’s electricity needs and has helped cut carbon emissions by 12,000 tonnes per year. Lafarge have three other plants with CDM status located in Morocco, Malaysia and India. According to the company, the four plants collectively help reduce over 170,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Since 2001, Lafarge have proactively committed to reducing their carbon emissions per tonne of cement by 20% – this target was reached in 2009 and exceeded in 2010, with a reduction of 21.7%. New targets in relation to tackling climate change will soon be announced by the company.