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12th EUROSLAG conference from October 23 to 25, 2024 in Bilbao - Registration is now


The enormous economic and ecological challenges can only be overcome at an international level.

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Tencent Announces Winners Flagship CarbonX Program to Combat Climate Change


Tencent is a world-leading internet and technology company that develops innovative products and services to improve the quality of life of people around the world.

Launched in March 2023, CarbonX aims topropel the next generation of low-carbon technologies. Tencent has pledged US$28 million in catalytic funding over the next three years to support innovative ideas that might otherwise struggle to gain traction.

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Aviva Stadium’s Eco-Friendly Construction Shines in Historic UEFA Europa League Final


The UEFA Europa League Final took place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, which was constructed using advanced low-carbon concrete materials to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. The stadium's construction featured innovative low-carbon concrete materials, which played a pivotal role in minimising its carbon footprint.

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Holcim US win Slag Cement Association Award


Holcim US has earned recognition as a winner in the recent Slag Cement Association awards, which celebrate innovations and projects utilising slag cement from 2023.

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16th Global Slag Conference Recap


The 16th Global Slag Conference has successfully taken place in Dubai, UAE, with 175 registered delegates from 32 countries, two field trips to slag grinding plants and the Global Slag Awards dinner at a spectacular camp on the edge of the Arabian Desert.

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Independent Cement & Lime Group Publish EPD for Ground Granulated Blast-Furnace Slag


Recently accredited by EPD Australasia, Independent Cement and Lime Group (ICL) have published their EPD for Ground Granulated Blast-furnace Slag (GGBFS) powder.

GGBFS is produced by quenching molten iron slag (a by-product of iron and steelmaking) from a blast furnace in water.

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New Slag Cement Facility to Open in Houston, Texas


The construction of a new slag cement facility in Texas is expected to be completed this year.

A 50-50 joint venture between Eagle Materials Inc. and Heidelberg Materials North America – Texas Lehigh Cement Company is expected to yield an annual production capacity around 500,000 tons.

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Australian Government Inject Almost $60 Million Into Low Emission Iron & Steel Research


The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), acting on behalf of the Australian government, have allocated $59.1 million in funding to 21 research projects.

These initiatives aim to bolster research and development efforts as well as facilitate the commercialisation of technologies related to renewable hydrogen, low emissions iron, and steel.

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Using Slag to Create Eco Friendly Concrete Pavers


Victorian based architectural product company Anston have developed an innovative concrete paver that reduces environmental impacts.

The ‘EcoPebble’ concrete paver uses repurposed materials, is less reliant on virgin raw materials. The new product will enable designers and other users to achieve sustainability goals whilst still maintaining the strength, durability, and aesthetic of architectural concrete.

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Flinders University Researchers Find Solution to Combat Alkali-Silica Reaction In Concrete


Flinders University researchers have a solution to combat alkali-silica reaction in concrete. The formula, using ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) and fly ash as binders, mitigates alkali-silica reaction (ASR) effects, maintaining mechanical properties and durability.

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Australian Vanadium Open New Vanadium Electrolyte Manufacturing Facility in Perth


Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) has recently opened a landmark vanadium electrolyte manufacturing facility in the northern Perth Suburb of Wangara.

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BlueScope Partner with Australia’s Leading Iron Ore Producers on Steel Decarbonisation


The largest iron ore producers and leading steel manufacturer in Australia have joined forces to accelerate the decarbonisation of steel production. They have committed to exploring the development of Australia's first ironmaking electric smelting furnace (ESF) pilot plant.

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Final Call for Papers & Award Nominations – 16th Global Slag Conference


Attention all – this is the final call for papers for the 16th Global Slag Conference. The event will be held in Dubai, commencing on the 23rd April at the Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre.

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91% Vanadium Extraction Rate Reached in Western Australia Bore


Surefire Resources proclaims that it has achieved a significant advancement in the process of extracting vanadium directly from magnetite concentrate at its primary Victory Bore project in Western Australia.

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NSW Transport Take Historic Steps Towards Net Zero Future


New South Wales Transport is propelling Australia towards a cleaner future, with progressive plans aimed at accelerating the transition to net zero operations in the transport sector.

Contributing  approximately 20 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions, transportation stands as the fastest-growing contributor to Australia's emissions.

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Call For Papers – 16th Global Slag Conference


The 16th Global Slag Conference is being held this April in Dubai!

The Call for Papers is now OPEN - please send your proposed presentation title to the conference convenor Dr Robert McCaffrey - to - as soon as possible.

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British Concrete Standards Allows More Low-Carbon Concrete to be Created


The latest changes to the British standard for concrete have been hailed as a substantial “leap forward” for the industry as it pursues its decarbonisation goals.

The British Standards Institution recently revealed a significant change to BS8500 standard which will enable British concrete producers to create more low-carbon concrete.

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Global Geopolymer Market to Grow at 20.9% CAGR by 2032


The global geopolymer market is set to grow at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20.9% by 2032, according to the International Market Analysis Research and Consulting Group (IMARC Group).

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Heidelberg Materials Launches evoZero® - the World’s First Carbon Captured Net-Zero Cement


Heidelberg Materials has introduced the world’s first carbon captured net-zero cement to customers in Europe.

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Challenges & Future Directions of Geopolymer Concrete


Geopolymer concrete is a sustainable alternative to conventional Portland cement-based concrete. It has received substantial attention due to its potential for decreasing carbon emissions and preserving natural resources.

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