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Cement CO2 emissions fall by 24pc

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BRITISH cement manufacturers have slashed carbon dioxide emissions from production plants by a quarter over the past 15 years.

Latest findings from industry body the British Cement Association suggest CO2 emissions from UK cement producers dropped by 24 per cent between 1990 and 2004.

Cement production is one of the largest contributory industries for greenhouse gas emissions. More than 20 billion tonnes of CO2 is discharged into the atmosphere around the world each year and cement production accounts for approximately 5 per cent of that total.

BCA chief executive Mike Gilbert said cement manufacturers could be proud of the efforts it had made and look forward to greater improvements yet to come.

He said: 'While we can take heart from the progress made, we know that the industry is committed to making greater contributions in the future.'