Other Air Emissions

Value Chain Boundaries

Impacts of this topic reach Argos’ procurement processes and the supply chain.Supliers
Impacts of this topic are evaluated throughout all Argos operations.Argos
Impacts of this topic reach our industrial and/or retail clients.Clients
Impacts of this topic reach our communities, authorities and other individuals of the society.Society

Our management approach

Added value to the company

By monitoring and controlling the main emissions derived from our combustion and kiln process, we are able to comply with local regulations in the countries where we operate while contributing to our process efficiency through effective operational control.

Added value to society

We are committed to reducing our specific SOx, NOx and dust emissions beyond regulation compliance and through mitigation actions in order to reduce impacts derived from our operations.

103-2 Initiatives, commitments, and policies


Cement Sustainability Initiative

Environmental Policy

Sustainability Policy

103-2 Governance

Sustainability and Corporate Governance Committee
Sustainability
VP
Environmental Corp Director and Managers
Regional
VP
Environmental Regional Directors and Managers/plant Director
Harleyville Plant, USA Region

2016 performance

  • In 2016, a total USD 32.5 million was invested in other emissions reduction initiatives across our different plants.
  • We reduced dust emissions by 88% (compared to baseline) through installation of high-efficient bag filter systems and bag filter maintenance.
  • We reduced SOx emissions by 74% (compared to baseline) through plant process initiatives.

Upcoming challenges

  • To identify and implement mitigation actions to reduce NOx emissions.
  • To move forward with the actions that the cement industry needs to implement and comply the requirements established by the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

A-OE1 specific emissions

Cement
Emissions of atmospheric pollutants
kg/ton clinker

SOx

20160.23
20150.31
20140.22
20130.38

NOx

20161.58
20151.4
20141.67
20131.59

Dust

20160.08
20150.17
20140.22
20130.55

A-OE1 Absolute emissions

Cement
Emissions of atmospheric pollutants | Tons

SOx

20161,723
20152,474
20141,730
20133,337

NOx

201611,854
201511,300
201412,951
201311,010

Dust

20161,716
20151,703
20142,074
20133,984

Concrete
Emissions of atmospheric pollutants | Tons

Dust

2016142
2015145
2014152
2013130

Generation of energy
Emissions of atmospheric pollutants | Tons

SOx

20162,587
20152,540
20142,496
20131,171

NOx

2016462
2015379
2014441
20136,754

Dust

201628
201534
201477
201310
2016 Goal tracking
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· We achieved stability of the installed Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMs) in order to meet the industry operational control standards.
· We continued to move forward by measuring other minor pollutants in our operations.
2017 Goals
  • We will implement identified NOx reduction initiatives across the Colombia region.
  • We will meet CISWI and NESHAP regulation across the USA region.
  • We will prepare for the implementation of the CSI Guidance for Reducing and Controlling Emissions of Mercury Compounds in the Cement Industry.

2025:

  • We will reduce dust emissions by 85%*.
  • We will reduce SOx emissions by 65%*.
  • We will stabilize NOx emissions at 1.35kg/t clinker.

* Baseline year is 2012