Friday 19 July 2019

European Business Awards for the Environment 2013-2014

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TITAN received the first Award in the Process category the national leg of the 2013-2014 European Business Awards for the Environment, in recognition of its on going commitment to the environment through specialised and focused actions that promote sustainable development. TITAN excels in the utilisation of secondary fuels and alternative raw materials in the cement production process, aiming at a decrease in the use of non-renewable natural resources and a reduction of greenhouse emissions, while also significantly contributing to an efficient “circular economy”.

TITAN also received a no classification distinction in the “Biodiversity” category, in acknowledgement of its targeted actions to protect the biodiversity in the areas where it operates.

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About the Process Award

TITAN Group endorses the basic principles of waste management hierarchy: prevention, reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery of energy and materials prior to their final disposal. Over the years, TITAN has proved this in practice through initiatives conforming to these principles, long before they were established by the State, thereby contributing to the attainment of the target for a resource-efficient Europe (“circular economy”).

TITAN is the first Greek cement industry to have successfully utilized globally innovative solutions for the increased use of alternative raw materials and secondary fuels for cement production in its plants,  following a practice that was already recognized by the EU as a Best Available Technique (BAT).

Concrete and materials derived from the demolition of buildings are utilized as alternative raw materials for the production of cement.

Waste treatment by-products, e.g. agricultural residues, used car tyres, recycling plants’ residues, as well as wastewater treatment sludge, which would either be buried or incinerated in the fields uncontrollably, are used as secondary fuel, contributing both to the reduction of landfilling and greenhouse gas emissions, and to a reduction in the use of non-renewable resources.

TITAN supports the effort to increase the rate of secondary fuel utilization in the context of the terms laid down in the voluntary cooperation agreement, which was signed in 2012 between the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA) and the Hellenic Cement Industry Association (ETE).

Turning to sustainable development technologies provides an answer to the critical issue of rational waste management, with numerous benefits for society, since it allows for the safest, most rational and low-cost waste management, in line with European Directives.

About the Biodiversity Award

Acknowledging sustainable development as a high priority strategic goal, TITAN Group implements targeted actions for the protection of biodiversity in the areas where it operates.

To design and implement these actions, TITAN closely monitors the European and international trends on biodiversity issues, by participating actively both in the European Cement Association (CEMBUREAU) and in the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In particular, the Group co-chairs the WBCSD/CSI “Biodiversity and Land Stewardship” task force, with a wide scope that includes the development of Guidelines on Quarry Rehabilitation and Biodiversity Management Plan, the adoption of a Screening Tool for identifying areas of high biodiversity value (ΙΒΑΤ), and the promotion of the use of relevant performance indicators (KPIs) for the alignment of reporting.

In close collaboration with Greek universities and Non-Governmental Organizations, such as the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF) and the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS)-member of Birdlife International, TITAN Group develops and implements integrated studies on biodiversity conservation in accordance with international standards and tools, contributing thus to the implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan of Greece.

In all quarries of the Group, TITAN monitors and identifies areas of high biodiversity value, and goes on to scientifically record it. Then, it applies specialised plans for the conservation of biodiversity, which are combined with advanced techniques for the rehabilitation of the natural environment of the quarries and complemented by public awareness programs.

Biodiversity is the wealth of nature and the root of life; it is a shared good and a most valuable legacy, passed on to future generations. For TITAN Group, the conservation of biodiversity is a prerequisite for sustainable development.

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