The Vietnam National Cement Corporation (VICEM), one of the leading cement producers in Vietnam, and FLSmidth, a global leader in sustainable technology, announced a cooperation to pioneer new solutions to significantly improve the sustainability of the cement sector in Vietnam. The goal is to implement technol-ogies that radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, pioneer solutions for using alternative fuels and improve air quality.
Vietnam is one of the fastest growing countries in terms of cement production with output expected to double in the next ten years. It is also one of the world’s leading exporting countries in the global cement industry. The government is committed to fighting climate change and has set objectives to improve efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of its cement production.
As one of the largest cement producers in Vietnam, VICEM’s ambition is to take an industry leadership role and implement solutions to reduce the environmental impact of cement production. This will specifically focus on reducing the emission of particulate matter, CO2, NOX and SO2, thereby preventing air, soil and water pollution from waste burning and landfills.
Late last year, FLSmidth announced its ambition to enable cement companies to operate with zero emissions by 2030. This would be achieved by increased investment in R&D solutions and the acceleration of new technology already in the R&D pipeline.
The cooperation between the two companies includes the commitment to jointly develop industrial-scale innovations to accelerate sustainable cement production. A key focus will be on the utilisation of municipal and other waste streams as alternative fuel sources, thereby preventing air pollution from waste burning, for instance. While management of waste is a growing concern in Vietnam, FLSmidth is developing solutions that enable a 100 % switch to alternative fuels, which can reduce carbon emissions by approximately 33 %. Other areas of the partnership will focus on solutions related to energy efficiency and waste-heat recovery.