During Spring break, students and faculty from the 360° “China and the Environment” traveled to the world’s most populous nation to see firsthand how industry and government there are attempting to balance their rapidly developing economy and environmental concerns.
Among the places they visited was the Beijing Cement Plant.
Professor of Economics Michael Rock on the visit:
“Cement production is the most energy intensive and CO2 emitting industry in China. The Bejing plant is among the most energy efficient and least polluting plants in China. It is also one of the few that uses alternative fuel and raw materials (AFR) in China.
Using AFR is one of the last additional things China’s cement industry can do to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.
China’s cement industry is as energy efficient as the U.S.’s, but it is less efficient than Germany’s and Japan’s. China produces 2.6 billion metric tons of cement which is more than 60 percent of total world cement production. By comparison the U.S. produces less than 200 million metric tons. In 2010, China’s cement industry saved almost 1 billion metric tons of CO2 by modernizing the industry and closing thousands of small energy intensive and very polluting vertical shaft kiln plants and replacing them with large rotary kilns of the type we visited in Beijing.”
See the below slide show or visit this online gallery for photos from the visit to the plant as well as images taken at the Great Wall of China.
For more on Bryn Mawr’s 360° program, including a list of Fall 2014 courses, visit the 360° website. Applications are due April 9th at noon. Informational teas will be held Monday, march 31, 4-5:30 p.m., Quita Woodward Room; Tuesday, April 1, 4:30-6 p.m., Sharpless; and Wednesday, April 2, 3-5 p.m., London Room.