By Rukoyah Sulaimon
Dangote Cement Plc has reiterated its commitment to protecting the earth through efforts aimed at mitigating environmental degradation on the celebration of the United Nations International Mother Earth Day.
Group Managing Director, Mr. Michel Puchercos, made this known in an event to commemorate Earth Day in Lagos at the global headquarters of the Cement Company, noting that a way to address the problems of the environment is through the conversion and co-processing of waste as an alternative fuel.
Puchercos stated that poor waste management is known to be an environmental challenge on the continent and that the company is addressing this problem through the co-processing of various alternative fuels.
It was reported that last year alone, the Cement Company co-processed 89,000 tonnes of wastes as an alternative fuel, in the form of biomass, scrap tyres, fly ash, spent oil and greases.
The key message for Earth Day, according to him, is to act in a bold way, innovate in a broad way, and implement climate action in an equitable manner, which supports Dangote Cement’s contributions to SDG 13 and aligns with the Environment pillar of the Dangote way.
In his own remark, the Head, Alternative Fuel Project, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Peter Anagbe, said, “this year’s Earth Day offers Dangote Cement the opportunity, among others, to demonstrate our contribution to sustainable waste management and the inclusion of local communities in our value chain through the Alternative Fuel (AF) Project. This is our response to the UN’s call to action to promote harmony with nature and mother earth.”
Also speaking, the Head of Sustainability, Dr. Igazeuma Okoroba, explained that Dangote Cement had done a lot to protect the mother earth through strategic actions to protection of the environment from further pollution and degradation.