To produce quality cement for a sustainable development
Competitiveness of an environmentally leading sector
Contributions to society from an essential construction material
Cement consumption in Catalonia during the period July 2018 to June 2019 has exceeded 2 million tons - for the first time since 2012 - and grows at an annual rate of 9%. The improvement [...]
IECA (Spanish Institute of Cement and its Applications), with the collaboration of the EOI and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, has launched a technological challenge for startups consisting of the development of a [...]
The restoration program of quarries of the Generalitat had, during 2018, a total of 445 inspections on 384 extractive activities, according to the report released at the last meeting of the Advisory Council of Aggregates [...]
Cement is a basic product for the construction of homes and infrastructures. Its manufacture generates employment and activity, and its consumption is one of the main economic indicators of a territory. To make production compatible with Sustainable Development, the Ciment Català associated companies carry out actions and invest in facilities and technologies of environmental nature.
The sector is leader in the application of the principles of circular economy. Building debris or scrap is used as raw material. It is the so-called material valorization, and serves to integrate wastes that, otherwise, would go to landfills. It is also innovative in harnessing energy from waste, based on the experiences of countries as committed to environmental protection as Germany, Holland or Austria.
The manufacturing companies minimize the environmental impacts of their activity and restore the quarries once their exploitation ends, to reintegrate them to their natural environment. In addition, the use of available water is optimized, diffuse dust emissions are reduced, integrated restorations are carried out with native plant species, and blasting is controlled and programmed to avoid vibrations disturbing nearby populations, among other actions.
Material with future
Houses, schools, bridges, hospitals, tunnels, reservoirs, offices, pipelines, streets and roads, sewage plants, industrial buildings, port docks, retaining walls, parks and gardens, stadiums … the list of infrastructures built with cement is endless . This is an essential product in the life of modern societies, without which we would be unprotected or directly incapacitated to develop our daily activities. The applications of cement are endless, even reaching artwork.
Cement is life
Ciment Català is the Catalan Cement Manufacturers Association, a non-profit-making business association of a technical nature, which brings together the four companies that produce in Catalonia the most used industrial construction material on the planet.