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Dangote cement intensifies efforts to curb environmental degradation

Dangote cement intensifies efforts to curb environmental degradation

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As the world celebrates United Nations International Mother Earth Day on April 22, Dangote Cement Plc, a leading Cement manufacturer from Africa, has reaffirmed their commitment to protecting the earth by reducing environmental degradation.

Michel Puchercos (Group Managing Director) spoke about the planned activities to observe Earth Day at Lagos, the global headquarters for the Cement Company. He stated that the best way to address the environmental problems is to convert and co-process waste as an alternative fuel.

He remarked that poor waste management is a known environmental challenge on the continent and that Dangote cement is addressing this problem through co-processing of various alternative fuels”.

He mentioned that the Cement Company had co-processed 89,000 tonnes last year of wastes as an alternate fuel. These included biomass, scrap tires, fly ash and spent oil and greases.

He stressed the need to take appropriate steps to reduce environmental degradation and lamented the global environmental challenges that face the world. These include climate change, droughts, desertification, violence, improper disposal, solid and chemical waste, as well as pollution of various degrees.

According to him, the key message of Earth Day is to act boldly and innovate in a broad manner and implement climate action fairly. This supports Dangote Cements contributions at SDG 13 as well as aligns with the Environment Pillar of the Dangote way.

Peter Anagbe (Head, Alternative Fuel Project), Dangote Cement Plc said that this year’s Earth Day provides Dangote Cement with the opportunity, along with others, to show our support for sustainable waste management and the inclusion local communities in the value chain through the Alternative Fuel Project. This is our response for the UN’s call for action to promote harmony between mother earth and nature.

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He listed several circular economy initiatives, including a community stakeholder awareness campaign to inform about the importance and responsibility of managing and reusing your waste responsibly. As part of the initiative, a visit to communities where AF materials are sourced will be made. This will prevent them from going to landfills.

Igazeuma OKoroba, Head, Sustainability, spoke at the World Earth Day. She said that Dangote Cement had done a lot in protecting the mother earth by taking strategic actions to protect it from further pollution and degradation.

It should be remembered that the United Nations2015 saw the establishment of sustainable development goals.

These goals include climate change mitigation, responsible consumption and production as well as sustainable communities and cities. They also include clean water and sanitation. All of these issues impact on the environment.

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