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Cement industry in the spotlight in Spain

The cement industry has attracted much attention in Spain


From November 11th to 13th, the seventh gathering of Spain’s anti-cement kiln waste incineration platform network was held in Alcala de Guadaira, Spain. The gathering coincided with a statement issued by 55 civil society organizations calling for an immediate stop to the burning of waste in cement kilns.

100 participants from 50 different cities spent the weekend researching the topic of waste incineration, understanding its impact and the potential of zero-waste incineration alternatives, sharing campaign strategies and discussing joint actions in the future. The meeting ended with a demonstration in the "La Liebre" neighbourhood, and a declaration was read at the gate of the Valderivas Cement Plant in Portland.

It is worth noting that in addition to all platforms opposed to waste incineration in Spain, representatives of the Affected Community Platform in Mexico and the European Zero Waste/GAIA also attended the meeting. This makes Alcala de Guadaira a temporary capital for the weekend to fight the waste incineration of cement plants. In addition, this meeting provided new impetus to the Andalusian cement kiln waste incineration network, as they met for the second time to discuss their campaign strategy.

The gathering at the Alcala House of Culture was successfully opened. The panel of experts included Jose Luis Conegero, a member of the Anti-Moncada and Lexac Incineration Platform (Catalonia), and Daniel, a former waste project coordinator · Lopez. Carlos Arribas, waste project coordinator of the Andalusian Ecologists Action Coalition and the National Ecologists Action Coalition. The trio and Ruth Echeverría, a biophysical expert from the Alborada Foundation, conducted a technical analysis of cement kiln waste incineration from the perspectives of employment, environment and public health.

On Saturday, a team composed of Mariel Vilella, head of the ZWE Climate, Energy and Air Pollution Project, announced the opening of the day. She outlined the situation of waste incineration in cement kilns around the world, including recent studies, which showed the situation of climate financing in Europe. To promote these pollution activities. The team includes an expert researcher who is responsible for the innovative system for monitoring the health effects of Mexican cement plants.

The network took time on Saturday to discuss campaign strategies and potential joint actions, and agreed on some conclusions:

About communication and outreach:

Establish a communication team to promote coordination among all groups in Spain and improve public outreach tools. Design and disseminate a common slogan that summarizes and clarifies the stance against waste incineration shared by all platforms in Spain. Supports the announcement of the International Day of Action against Waste Incineration and proposes to set it on May 13 to commemorate Seseña’s used tires Fire in the cemetery.

Campaign strategy, research and research publications:

Promote municipal regulations against the incineration of waste in cement plants. Promote research on the economic costs of waste incineration on health. Continuous monitoring and control of cement industry activities based on data from the National Register of Emissions and Pollution Sources (PRTR-Spain). Submit a report on the basic principles of sustainable waste management to the members of the conference: waste classification, proximity principle, precautionary principle, zero waste, ecological design, especially without considering residues as raw materials or products. Strengthen cooperation with universities and educational centers Contact and explore active forms of cooperation with these entities.

Regarding specific alternatives to support zero waste and waste incineration:

Support network Retorna’s work and deposit return system (DRS) proposal and report on the pressure exerted by Ecoembes on Spain’s implementation of SDR. Support the implementation of an organized community composting system. Facilitating door-to-door access. According to models that have been implemented in areas such as Usúrbil and Argentona, door-to-door waste collection systems can replace the monopoly of large companies in the field of waste management.

The weekend once again demonstrated that the coordination of all platforms at the Spanish level consolidated the radicalism against such technologies and promoted the struggle to implement more sustainable and ecological measures in waste management.

The cement kiln waste incineration platform includes:

Bierzo aire limpio (Ponferrada, León), Plataforma contra la incineración de residuos en Los Alcores (Alcalá de Guadaira, Sevilla), 3mugak Batera, Olazagutia (Alsasua, Navagutia (Alsasua, Naval)), Residuo Zero Madrid (Madrid) A.Vata de Morata (Madrid) de Tajuña, Madrid), Arganda (Madrid), Toledo Aire limpio (Toledo), Plataforma Albentosa Natural (Teruel), Lemoa Garbi (lemona, Bizkaia), Plataforma Almendralejo sin Contaminación (Badajoz), Plataforma contra la incineración de Residuos de Niebla, A.VV. Palleja (Palleja, Barcelona), AVV. Trevol (san Vicents del Horts, Barcelona), Moviment contra la incineració a Uniland de Santa Margarida i Els Monjos (Santa Margarida i Els Monjos, Barcelona), CEPA-EdC (Catalunya), Sant Feliu aire net (Sant Feliu, Barcelona) APMA (Vilanova i la Geltru, Barcelona), Colectivo de Vecinos barrio de Sant Josep (Sant Viçent dels Horts, Barcelona) A.VV. Trevol (Sant Viçents del Horts, España) Vall de Ges, (Vall de Ges, Barcelona), Plataforma Buñol – Chiva, Molins de Rei, Plataforma Antiincineració del Congost (La Garriga, Barcelona) APQUIRA (Barcelona), CAPS, TELEMIR (Montcada) i Reixac), FAVMIR (Federació de Associacions de Montcada), Hoja Informativa (Montcada i Reixac), Plataforma anti-incineración de Montcada (Montcada i Reixac, Barcelona), A.VV. de Can Sant Joan (Montcada i Reixac- Barcelona), Plataforma Morata de Jalón, Aire Limpio Córdoba, GAIA, Zero Waste Europe.

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