Lafarge Africa Plc is investing 7.3 million swiss francs to modernize manufacturing services at its Ewekoro plant. That is a part of ongoing efforts to construct on its present credential as an environmentally pleasant and sustainable firm whereas sustaining a drive for sturdy monetary efficiency in a tricky yr.
Nation Chief Government Officer, Khaled El Dokani, mentioned in an interview that the improve of the plant, which would require a manufacturing stoppage for six months, will get rid of nearly utterly, mud emissions from the manufacturing line. LafargeHolcim, the world’s greatest constructing supplies firm, is a pacesetter within the drive to scale back mud emissions, usually a byproduct of cement manufacturing.
”At Lafarge, we at all times take the choices that serve the surroundings and our host neighborhood greatest, though it comes at vital value,” El Dokani mentioned. To compensate for the manufacturing stoppage on the Ewekoro line, El Dokani defined that the corporate will enhance manufacturing on different traces. Different traces nonetheless in operation will ramp up output having been upgraded in previous years.
Nigeria’s second largest cement maker not too long ago reported a rebound in third quarter gross sales after strict lockdown instituted by the federal and state governments depressed revenues within the second quarter. Gross sales for the three months as much as September 2020 was N59.3 billion, up from N56.9 billion within the second quarter, however nonetheless decrease than the N63.6 billion recorded within the first quarter.
Nevertheless, whereas striving to ship a good monetary efficiency, the CCEO emphasised that the main target of the corporate on additional setting the priority in environmental management in Nigeria stays a high precedence.
He cited the rising utilization of biomass, together with oil palm and rice husks, as various fuels to energy its crops. Most cement crops in Nigeria are powered by coal, fuel or low pour gasoline oil. Various fuels are thought-about cleaner, extra sustainable, and in addition assist surrounding communities eliminate waste extra effectively.
El Dokani mentioned that various fuels at present account for as much as 40 % of gasoline used to energy its Ewekoro plant and the firm’s goal is to have all crops working on no less than 35 % various fuels by 2023. This transition additionally affords vital monetary advantages.” Based mostly on the present worth of fuel and coal, the improve of our crops (to make use of various gasoline) may result in a 30 % discount in our gasoline value”.
Lafarge can be eyeing the development of concrete roads and reasonably priced housing as key areas to not solely diversify from its core cement manufacturing enterprise however to additional make a optimistic influence on the surroundings. “Now we have signed a memorandum of understanding to execute a 20-kilometer highway mission in Cross Rivers State as a sustainable resolution given the climate circumstances within the space,” mentioned El Dokani. He cited the swampy topography of the Southern Nigeria state as unsuitable for asphalt roads and due to this fact justifies the usage of concrete to pave roads. Whereas asphalt paving usually prices lower than concrete paving, concrete roads are thought-about extra sturdy and extra environmentally pleasant as in comparison with asphalt roads.
As well as, the corporate is exploring the reasonably priced housing area for a sound enterprise mannequin that may catalyse its direct involvement in development, the CCEO mentioned.
Lafarge Africa’s deal with sustainability and the surroundings is constant with the Round Economic system rules of LafargeHolcim, its Swiss father or mother firm, on accountable stewardship. In keeping with El Dokani, the Swiss multinational constructing supplies group is the primary international constructing options firm to signal the “Enterprise Ambition for 1.5°C” pledge with intermediate targets authorized by the Science-Based mostly Targets initiative (SBTi), an initiative that champions science-based goal setting as a means of boosting corporations’ aggressive benefit within the transition to the low-carbon financial system. Underneath its SBTi dedication, LafargeHolcim has lowered its goal for CO2 depth in cement to 475kg web CO2 per ton of cementitious materials (web CO2/t.cem.) by 2030.
El Dokani talked about that LafargeHolcim, by way of its accountable behaviour, dedication to international greatest apply and adoption of greatest at school applied sciences will stay a world chief in delivering infrastructure options in an environmentally pleasant method.