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INTERVIEW - Titan Zlatna Panega’s low-carbon cement supports decarbonisation of Bulgarian mining Industry

Jun 13, 2024, 2:09:01 PMNews by : Titan
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Building materials manufacturer Titan Zlatna Panega has committed to delivering carbon-neutral concrete by 2050 and, in line with this goal, it has launched a new type of cement with a reduced carbon footprint, its CEO Adamantios Frantzis said.

INTERVIEW - Titan Zlatna Panega’s low-carbon cement supports decarbonisation of Bulgarian mining Industry

"Titan Zlatna Panega 's launch of this new cement aligns with our environmental responsibility, resource efficiency, and strategic market positioning," Frantzis says in a recent interview.

Testifying to the qualities of the new product, Ivan Georgakiev, a mining planning and design engineer at Dundee Precious Metals, says, "With Titan Zlatna Panega introducing sustainable cement as their new product we found a solution that works along performance, cost efficiency and environment."

Adamantios Frantzis, the CEO of Titan Zlatna Panega, explains why the company launched the new cement and what are its charectristic features.

Mr. Frantzis, what prompted Titan Zlatna Panega to launch a cement with reduced carbon footprint?

Titan Zlatna Panega 's launch of this new cement aligns with our environmental responsibility, resource efficiency, and strategic market positioning.

Environmentally, the cement industry contributes heavily to greenhouse gas emissions. With the use of mineral additives like fly ash ( a waste from coal-fired power plants), blast furnace slag (a byproduct of iron pig production) and other supplementary cementitious materials the embodied carbon emissions of the cement can be significantly decreased while keeping the high performance and durability of this critical construction product. Actually, this is what we’ve achieved with this new cement type. 

Resource scarcity also plays a role. By incorporating fly ash in a controlled production process as in a cement plant we are producing a high quality product that has lower carbon footprint and utilizes significant quantities of recycled material.Finally, market demand for sustainable and low-carbon building materials is growing. Our new cement caters to this rising demand, potentially granting us a competitive advantage in the market.

How does the CEM IV/A-V 42,5 N cement align with your environment protection and sustainability goals? What is its carbon footprint?

We at Titan Zlatna Panega are committed to delivering carbon-neutral concrete to our society by 2050 but this goal is not just a vision for the future – it is a long-term target supported by a robust action plan with clear milestones and short and midterm objectives. Titan Zlatna Panega Cement, like all other companies in the Titan Group, contributes to this goal by implementing a palette of decarbonization measures, amongst which is the launching of new low carbon products. Cement type CEM IV/A-V 42,5 N has more than 30% lower carbon footprint compared to the ordinary Portland cement keeping the same properties and event better strength development due to its specific additives. Our CEM IV/A-V 42,5 N cement consists of close to 40% recycled materials, which makes it one of the most sustainable products on the Bulgarian market. By producing this cement, we not only contribute to the decarbonization targets of the company but also play a significant role in the circular economy of the country.

In what areas can it be used? 

This type of cement is exceptionally suitable for projects requiring high ultimate strength, guaranteeing structural integrity for years to come. It provides an extended working time, which is particularly important at higher temperatures. This feature reduces the risk of cracking, eliminating the need for subsequent, labor-intensive repairs.

In addition to its excellent technical characteristics, this cement also boasts a number of ecological and social benefits mentioned above. This, in turn, contributes to improving public health and safety by reducing air pollution and other environmental hazards.

In summary:

This cement is ideal for building strong and durable structures.

It is environmentally friendly and sustainable.

It contributes to cleaner air and better public health.

What has been the market response so far?  

Aligned with Europe's environmental focus, Bulgaria's market adopted our sustainable CEM IV solution, replacing over 20% of the carbon intensive ordinary Portland cement use within a year. This success validates our commitment to reducing environmental impact and upholding social responsibility and good governance practices. 

We're particularly proud to partner with one of  Bulgarian industry leaders who shares our vision and mission. Their positive feedback on our products further validates our efforts.

Ivan Georgakiev, a mining planning and design engineer at Dundee Precious Metals, tells us more about the advantages of the CEM IV cement.

Mr. Georgakiev, why did you opt for Titan Zlatna Panega Cement's CEM IV cement?

Following the change of mining method to open stopping with backfill in 2005 and the transformation of the mine to a modern and environmentally safe and sound site, Dundee Precious Metals became one of the largest consumers of cement in Bulgaria, with the predominant amount used for pastefill. The company has been partnering with Titan Zlatna Panega since the start of pastefill on site its Chelopech mine, around 2010-2012.

Provided the huge amounts used, cement contributes significantly to Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech operating costs and generates carbon emissions when produced and along the supply chain, so we faced the challenge to find ways to reduce cement usage and the setting time without impacting performance.

With Titan Zlatna Panega introducing sustainable cement as their new product we found a solution that works along performance, cost efficiency and environment.

How do you use it and what is your experience so far from the new type of cement? 

In order to choose the most appropriate product for us, DPM Technical services team developed and carried out a series of lab tests for performance of cementitious backfill. Тhe new products were compared against the cement used at the time of tests. 

In DPM Chelopech mine cement is used as part of the recipe for backfilling, t.e filling the mined out stopes in the underground mine. Part of the waste from production, the so called tailings, is returned to the mine, mixed with cement, thus ensuring rock stability, safe work environment and efficient mining process. Backfilling is also part of the circular economy on site, using waste as material for the backfill.  

Tests and practice so far proved that the Titan Zlatna Panega CEM IV/A(P-V) 42.5N cement provides very good curing time and the necessary strength is achieved with 1.2% less cement, resulting in estimated reduction of 5904 tons of cement for 2023 only and respectively cost savings. 

In what ways is it different from the conventional types of cement and how it help your company achieve its sustainability goals?

Titan Zlatna Panega CEM IV/A(P-V) 42.5N cement proved to be not only economically beneficial for the company, saving nearly 12% on an annual basis, but it also supported DPM’ sustainability goals to Net Zero by reducing Scope 3 Carbon Emissions with 42% or about 10 000 t compared to the base line year 2020.  

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