CSI Forum 2010

Warsaw, Poland, 13-15 September 2010


The CSI Forum 2010 was hosted by CRH in Warsaw, Poland, bringing together 70 participants from CSI member companies, Trade Associations in Europe, the Americas and South Africa as well as outside guests.

The Forum provided the opportunity to discuss key sustainability challenges facing the cement industry. The main topics discussed were on sustainable construction, technology and climate change, safety, as well as biodiversity and ecosystems management.

Owen Rowley, CRH country director in Poland, welcomed the Forum participants and highlighted the significance of 10 years of successful collaboration as CSI. The CSI is at an important juncture in its existence, currently reviewing progress made and identifying the future issues the CSI will tackle in the coming years. Howard Klee, CSI director, gave a brief overview of the CSI’s current work program.

The main panel discussion on the role of concrete in sustainable construction was chaired by Constant van Aerschot, Director Construction Trends at Lafarge. Niall Enright, Director Climate Change and Sustainability at ERM, described a market trend towards embedding sustainability in asset valuation combined with increasing use of life-cycle assessment methods in building evaluation. Peter Braithwaite, European Head of Sustainability at CH2M Hill, presented on challenges, outcomes, and lessons learnt in developing the London Olympic Park to meet sustainability criteria. Noel Morrin, SVP Sustainability and Green Construction at Skanska, described life-cycle costing as important driver for green construction as it puts emphasis on the value over the entire life-time of a structure. He urged the industry to take part in the debate on sustainable construction.

The president of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Richard Stehly, spoke about the sustainability issues associated with the supply chain for concrete. He underlined that the challenge for the cement industry is to move beyond the footprint of cement and capture the social value of concrete structures.

In a discussion on technology, chaired by the Managing Director of the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA), Dr. Martin Schneider, Stuart Evans of Novacem and Tom Carter of Calera presented the technologies behind the low-carbon cement products they are developing. Both were challenged on the energy and water intensity as well as scalability of their processes and on the durability and the challenges for gaining market acceptance of their products in a very conservative construction industry.

Can Alatas, safety manager from Pirelli’s operations in Turkey, presented his company’s measures to increase the safety performance, in particular regarding driving and contractor safety. There has been no fatality since 2004, and accident frequency rates have been declining since 2007. The company’s ambition is “zero injuries”.

In five break-out sessions, the Forum participants discussed the following topics relevant to the global cement industry:


The CSI would like to extend a special thank you to CRH for the excellent organization of this Forum.