- Understand existing emissions performance
- Reduce emissions of all unwanted pollutants
- Meet local emissions limits
- Provide comprehensive emissions reports
- Optimise the use of alternative fuels and raw materials
Reduce cement plant emissions to meet local legislation
Emissions compliance solutions to reduce environmental footprint
Whether building a new plant, upgrading capacity or optimising existing operations, emissions compliance is high on the agenda of cement producers. In the bigger picture of cement plant operations, emissions compliance is about minimising environmental footprint.
With regulations associated with emissions limits continuing to tighten, producers need to be vigilant about reducing emissions of gases and particulate matter.
Traditionally, compliance efforts have focused on pollutants including:
- Dust and other particulate matter (PM)
- Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
- Sulphur dioxide (SO2)
- Carbon monoxide (CO)
- Ammonia (NH3)
- THC (or TOC)
- Mercury and other heavy metals
- Hydrogen fluoride (HF)
Understanding local requirements
The exact limits vary from country to country, as each has its own standards focusing on particular aspects of reducing emissions. Some countries are particularly concerned with mercury and heavy metals emissions. Others have stringent regulations restricting the emissions of gaseous hazardous pollutants.
We work closely with cement producers in every major cement-producing region, and we know what it takes to meet your local emissions requirements. We advise you on how to plan for emissions compliance based on the specific requirements of your operation. Regardless of where your operations are, we have the know-how, experience, and technologies to apply to your specific situation.
Advanced testing procedures
How you deal with reducing emissions includes reviewing several factors, one of which is raw materials chemistry. At our laboratory facilities, we conduct advanced material testing for all aspects of cement production. This includes applying unique propriety procedures for predicting the emissions resulting from the raw materials.
In addition to providing specific recommendations for individual operations, we have also developed extensive reference data from the many tests conducted through the years.
New emissions compliance requirements
Emissions limits are constantly being revised. As just one example, some countries are introducing ammonia emissions requirements when using ammonia injection to reduce NOX emissions. This means that cement producers regularly need to find new ways to reduce emissions efficiently and cost-effectively.
Despite these changing limits, it’s not always necessary to procure new equipment to reduce emissions. In some cases, making process or raw material changes is sufficient. An example is modifying the operating parameters of the kiln system or changing one of the minor raw mix components. If new equipment is needed, we assist you in choosing the appropriate technological solution for the specific emissions challenges you face.
If you can report accurately on emissions, you not only demonstrate a commitment to reducing their environmental impact, you can also respond quickly to any changes in legislation involving mandatory reporting. we provide environmental reporting systems that collect and analyse emissions data, providing trends and reports helping you to fulfil local legislation requirements.
The use of alternative fuels in cement production is becoming more prevalent. This has significant implications on emissions. The types of emissions depend largely on the fuel being used. To ensure you adhere to emissions limits regardless of the fuel, you need to select and apply the most appropriate solution for each individual situation.