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Ivory Coast: ANDE visits a cement factory following complaints


Posted on February 15, 2021 at 2:18 p.m. by AFP

The National Environment Agency (ANDE) on Thursday visited the installations of the cement company LafargeHolcim Côte d’Ivoire following complaints from residents about the quality of the air in the port area of ​​Abidjan.

This company, producer of Ciment Bélier, which responded favorably to the requests of the National Environment Agency, welcomed on February 11 a delegation from this public body to discuss the measures taken to fight against dust emissions.

The agency’s representatives were received in particular by the company’s management team, including the plant manager, Mr. Oswald Toupe, and the communications and sustainable development director, Ms. Philomène Tsoh, who presented the various measures taken by the company to limit dust emissions on their site.

For four years, the company has invested several hundred million CFA francs in a plan to modernize its factory and improve the environmental impact. The latest investment is the construction of a huge silo to store clinker, a constituent of cement.

This silo should help to reduce the traffic of cement trucks allocated to the transport of raw materials by more than 70%. It also serves as a reservoir which also aims to store cement products and preserve them.


The delegation visited the facilities of this factory located on the Boulevard du Port d’Abidjan up to the top of the clinker silo, nearly 60 meters above the ground. At the end of the discussions, the two parties praised the collaborative spirit observed on both sides.

For this cement plant, the environment is an integral part of the issues of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Therefore, it wants to be voluntary and committed to working in concert with the authorities on this issue.

The visit of the National Environment Agency (ANDE) also concerned industrial sites located on the Boulevard du Port d’Abidjan. It follows complaints from residents about the air quality in the port area.

A subsidiary of the LafargeHolcim group, the world leader in construction materials, the company operates on Ivorian soil with more than 280 points of sale and distributes Bélier cement and 400 other product references through its Binastore franchise network.





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