The CSI annual forum has always been an excellent platform for our members to share their experience and knowledge with fellow members and to explore important external topics. With the theme of “Co-processing and Green Development”, the event this year attracted more than 150 participants to join the activities happening in Guangzhou and Beijing during the 1st week of September.
The program started with solid technical and operational knowledge exchange at the forum meeting and plant visit in Guangzhou, hosted by China Resources Cement (CRC). Speakers explained different approaches to co-processing experiences in different parts of the world; in-depth discussions were held during several breakout sessions looking into different aspects of co-processing activities, including NOx reduction, safety, impacts on cement quality, and maximizing the energy value of alternative fuels. All the delegates were treated to several local cultural highlights during their return trip from the plant site to the hotel. The group then moved to Beijing for a Policy Workshop exploring future public policies and regulatory frameworks to make co-processing successful in China. The Workshop in Beijing was hosted by Holcim. Key officials from relevant Chinese government departments joined the meeting to explore a global perspective on the subject. At the same time, international delegates heard about how the role of cement industry fit into China’s future roadmap as prescribed by the nation’s strategic planning authorities. Participants responded positively to this two-way learning exchange on governance, policy research, pitfalls and lessons learned.
In addition to the prominent international speakers presenting their expertise and insights, CSI members and regional partners also joined in sharing their perspectives on the topic. Director level representatives from Chinese government attending the event demonstrate the growing interest, creditability and support for the work of CSI in China.
The forum this year marks an encouraging step for co-processing development in China. We will continue to work with our members and partners for long-term, sustainable progress.
Also see coverage of the event in Chinese on Digital Cement.