Prescon Limited, in collaboration with NEMA and the East Africa Cement Producers Association opened the 4th Environmental Cement Africa Conference on April 21, 2016. The annual event themed ‘Raising Environmental Awareness in the Cement Industry’ will end on 22nd April.

Prescon Limited, in collaboration with NEMA and the East Africa Cement Producers Association opened the 4th Environmental Cement Africa Conference on April 21, 2016. The annual event themed ‘Raising Environmental Awareness in the Cement Industry’ will end on 22nd April.

It has attracted stakeholders within the cement industry in Kenya and internationally. Some of the major topics on discussion include: environmental challenges in the African cement industry, sustainable development in the African cement industry, alternative fuels and waste management in the African cement industry, carbon trading and management in the African cement industry and planning for a green cement industry in Africa.

The Environmental Cement Africa offer companies a unique opportunity to showcase their products and capabilities to delegates from all over Africa and beyond. It will host a group of executive decision makers with vested interest in the cement and environment industry in Africa, creating the perfect audience needed to reach bigger markets and grow business.

Kenya’s building and construction sector is rapidly growing with increase in cement use. Major projects that have led to massive use of cement involve railway, roads, energy and real estate development. In 2014, cement consumption rose by nearly a million tonnes due to implementation of the projects.

Kenya produces more cement than it can consume, with the surplus exported to Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania. Output in 2014 stood at 5,882,537 tonnes, a 16 per cent growth from 5,059,129 tonnes produced in 2013. In production, most cement firms forget the most important thing, which is conserving the environment. Once the process of generating cement begins by the big cement firms a lot of dust is released into the air which is a health hazard. This requires measures and policies enactment so as to reduce the harm than the consequences.

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