In today’s environmentally conscious global community, the reduction, reuse and recycling of raw materials, energy and waste are the cornerstone of any industrial activity. The requirements of sustainable development in a world with constantly growing demand have led all sectors of industry, and the cement industry in particular, to act immediately and intelligently.
The reduction, reuse and recycling of raw materials, energy and waste constitute a primary element in the implementation of the Group’s environmental policy both at the tactical and the strategic levels. In order to achieve these targets, all of the TITAN Group facilities have developed and implemented or plan to implement, in the near term, 3R practices.
Raw materials and intermediary products which leak out of the production process are recovered with specialized equipment and, after being appropriately processed to remove foreign particles, are reintroduced into the production line and subsequently reused. As part of TITAN’s policy for sustainable development, waste produced as part of everyday activities is collected, stored and disposed of through authorized contractors.
TITAN is, furthermore, a founding member of the Hellenic Recovery and Recycling Corporation (EEAA). Most sites have a management system for waste that is part of the ISO 14001 or an equivalent system, wherever such a system exists.
Among the materials thus collected are iron and aluminum scrap metals, vehicle batteries, used lubricants, used tires, electrical, electronic and electric equipment, paper, cardboard, household batteries, and toner used in printers and photocopiers. Recycling of waste is a win-win practice that serves the goal of reducing the Group’s impact on land by minimizing the need for land filling as well as the use of extracted raw materials. Compared to 2010, the recycled quantities of waste have increased by almost 16%. Concrete recycled accounts for about 86% of the total amount, having almost tripled since 2008, the first year that this practice was reported. In 2011, at the Elefsina cement plant in Greece, a pilot project on utilizing demolition waste was implemented (for more details please see p.45) assessing the advantages of such a solution not only for in-house use but also for the communities in the areas of the Group’s activities.
As part of TITAN’s policy for sustainable development, waste produced as part of everyday activities is collected, stored and disposed of through authorized contractors.