Sharing cement industry perspectives for India's INDC development

New Delhi, 13 April 2015

CSI in India facilitates competency building of over 100 cement professionals in air emissions monitoring and control.  Three workshops took place in multiple lcoations across the country.

New Delhi, 13 April 2015

Cement Manufacturers' Association (CMA), apex cement industry body in India, joined hands with the CSI, to present the cement's sector perspective about the development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for India at the stakeholder consultation workshop organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).

The workshop included key government representatives including:

  • Mr. Ashok Lavasa, Secretary MoEFCC
  • Mr. Dipak Dasgupta, Member of the Board of Green Climate Fund (also Principal Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance)
  • Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India's Chief Climate Change Negotiator (also Joint Secretary, MoEFCC) 
Mr. Ashok Lavasa, said that climate change is not all about international negotiations but about ensuring sustainability through judicial use of available resources. The year 2015 bears a larger significance on account of a binding and universal agreement on climate change, to be reached in November 2015 in Paris.

Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad emphasized that various initiatives undertaken by Indian Industry to address climate change need to be documented and showcased to the global fraternity during the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris this year.

Also speaking at the workshop, Mr. Sanjay Jain, Assistant Executive Director-Dalmia Bharat Group expressed "Even though India is the second largest cement producer in the world its specific carbon emissions are amongst the lowest and the industry is one of the most energy efficient globally."

Ms. Esha Sar, Manager of CSI in India introduced the Low Carbon Technology Roadmap developed by the CSI together with its member companies in India and the International Energy Agency (IEA), with partial funding support from International Finance Corporation (IFC). Ms. Sar stated that as per the transition path outlined in the Roadmap, there is a potential for 45% reduction in direct CO2 emissions intensity in 2050 compared to 2010 levels. However, she stressed that this was attainable only with a supportive policy framework, technology development and appropriate financial resources invested over the long term.

Mr. Jain added that the levers which have the highest potential to contribute to carbon reductions are improvements in clinker factor, increase in usage of alternative fuels and raw materials and new technologies such as carbon capture storage and utilization. Impactful projects aligned with national priorities can be framed under each of these areas and considered for Green Climate Fund support. Support for waste heat recovery projects which are currently economically unviable due to high investment costs and lack of incentives, was also mentioned as a key lever, and a possible area for funding under the Green Climate Fund.


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