Mumbai, 6 June 2014
The CSI participated in the Indian Cement Review conference 2014, where leaders from cement industry - manufacturers, users, dealers, researchers, vendors, service providers are brougth together to discuss and deliberate solutions to all major issues confronting the industry in India.
The CSI participated in the conference on sustainability organized by the Indian Cement Review magazine held in Mumbai on 6 June 2014. The conference attempted to bring together the leaders from cement industry - manufacturers, users, dealers, researchers, vendors, service providers - to discuss and deliberate solutions to all major issues confronting the industry.
In his keynote speech, Mr. NA Vishwanathan, Secretary General of the Cement Manufacturers' Association (CMA), highlighted CMA's partnership with CSI. He mentioned that this partnership helps Indian companies to benchmark their performance with global best practice and also helps showcase the technical prowess of Indian industry in the global arena.
Mr. Sumit Banerjee, Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the conference, highlighted two key principles to guide the sustainability journey of the industry – accountability and communication to stakeholders. Mr. Banerjee made a key point about achievements of the cement industry not being brought to the attention of stakeholders outside of the industry – he espoused this a key point for changing how the cement industry is general perceived.
Mr. Philippe Fonta, addressed the audience via a video message which provided an overview of the sustainability challenges and opportunities faced by the Indian cement industry and the role of the CSI. Mr. KN Rao, ACC Limited, presented the Low-Carbon Roadmap of the Indian cement industry, which was developed by CSI in India member companies, in collaboration with International Energy Agency (IEA), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and National Council for Cement & Building Materials (NCB).
The conference also covered discussions on the vision for the Indian cement industry, alternative fuels and raw materials, European Energy Service Company (ESCO) models for energy efficiency, blended cements, and various process innovations to enhance the sustainability of the industry.