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A good cement plant is not a polluter but a purifier

2015-11-30 15:07:38

  A good cement plant shouldn't be a polluter; it should play a role as a purifier.

  Since 1985 China's cement production has been the highest in the world for 21 consecutive years and accounts for 48 percent of the global annual output.

  However, the cement industry also consumes 15 percent of all the coal burned in China, while the cbountry is the a major carbon dioxide producer in the world.


  According to the 11th Five-Year Plan for the Chinese cement industry from 2006 to 2010, the energy consumption of each ton of cement is predicted to be reduced by 25 percent compared with the previous five years.

  Different from traditional cement plants that are associated with high-energy consumption and high emissions, the Beijing Cement Plant, located in Machikou of Beijing's Changping district, is one of the pioneers in the energy saving and emissions reduction campaign of China's cement industry.

  Established in 1992, the State-owned Beijing Cement Plant has been striving to clean up its production process and help the capital to safely digest its industrial wastes, household garbage and hazardous wastes.

  "Through technology innovation and industrial structure reform, we have tried our best to reduce our impact on the local environment and contribute to the national goal of energy efficiency and emissions reduction," says Fu Qiutao, general manager of Beijing Cement Plant.

  Beijing is facing serious environmental challenges. In 2004, the city generated about 140,000 tons of industrial wastes and 60,000 tons of hazardous wastes including medical waste and lead-acid batteries.

  In 2005, the Beijing Cement Plant launched a demonstration project using the cement kiln for processing industrial wastes.

  Cement plant should play role as purifier

  In the central area of the plant, a cement kiln works not only for cement production but also as a facility for treating industrial wastes.

  Through a huge pump, industrial liquid waste, soot and waste slag are transporting into the rotary kiln.

  The French-made kiln uses low nitrogen combustion technology to make soot, industrial liquid waste, ashes and secondary fuel combust at the same time.

  At high temperatures of 1,450 to 1,700, 99.999 percent of the noxious elements can be burnt, Fu says.

  Impact on cement Industry

  Due to the deepening global financial crisis and slowdown of the Chinese economy, China's cement production saw a slower growth at 2.8 percent year-on-year to about 1.27 billion tons in the first 11 months of this year, according to latest figures released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

  It is arousing concerns over whether the Chinese cement enterprises will continue their efforts for cleaner production and environmental protection.

  Fu, of Beijing Cement Plant, says: "We will further eliminate our obsolete production capacity and shoulder more social responsibility of treating industrial wastes and promoting alternative energy."

  China has unveiled a massive 4 trillion yuan stimulus package to avert an economic slump, with the fund to be spent over the next two years to finance low-price housing, rural infrastructure, water, electricity, transportation, the environment, technological innovation and rebuilding from several disasters.

  About 80 percent of the package is relevant to the construction material industries. Industry insiders say that they are optimistic about the future of the cement industry in China.

  Zhai Qi, deputy director of the China Business Council for Sustainable Development, says if cement enterprises can carry out reforms of production and technology, the economic crisis could become an incentive for developing a more balanced industrial structure.