Media Coverage

The Hindu Business Line, 8 March 2015

Philippe Fonta, Managing Director, CSI, was in Bengaluru recently to chair the CSI’s Safety Working Group in India, for the year 2014 -15. He spoke to BusinessLine and shared global best practices and where India stands in the world order among cement producers.

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5 March 2015

Released today, the results from an independent audit undertaken across the membership of the CSI of the WBCSD demonstrate that leading cement companies are improving their sustainability through the CSI collaborative approach.

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World Cement, 5 March 2015

Cimenterie Nationale of Lebanon has joined the WBCSD's CSI. The company, founded in 1953, produces more than 2.6 million tpy of cement and directly employs more than 550 people and provides indirect employment for 1,000 people.

Joining the CSI is an indication of the company's commitment to the pursuance of sustainable development within the cement industry and beyond. Cimenterie Nationale prides itself on promoting a culture of trust and respect in its team, and providing a healthy and stimulating work environment that enhances personal development. The guiding principle is to conduct business with integrity, care for the environment, and social responsibility for the communities in which it operates.

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World Cement, 24 February 2015

A roundtable with Philippe Fonta, Managing Director of the WBCSD CSI took place yesterday. Organised by the Dalmia Bharat Group, the roundtable included representatives of CSI's member companies in India. At the event, Mr Fonta delivered a presentation on the responsibilities and challenges facing the cement sector, and the CSI's role in sustainable development. He also discussed issues such as safety, low carbon technology, energy efficiency and alternative fuel utilisation, before outlining the progress made by the CSI in India thus far and a roadmap for future development.

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18 February 2015

Leveraging the latest technology, most cement manufacturing plants in India consume less energy and emit less carbon-di-oxide than their European and American counterparts, said the CSI.

An initiative of the WBCSD, the CSI is a 23-member organisation including nine Indian cement firms. CSI members produce two-thirds of the world's cement and 60 per cent in India.

"Member companies from India are more efficient. They emit less carbon-di-oxide than the firms in Europe and the US. Their energy consumption is also less," said CSI's Managing Director Philippe Fonta in a media interaction here.

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International Cement Review, 16 February 2015

As control of sources, generation, distribution and consumption of energy is central to many current world issues, controlling the industry's energy footprint is a matter of intense interest to governments. This is recognised in such initiatives as ISO 50001, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Cement Sustainability Initiative, Energy Star in the USA, PAT in India and CO2 taxes/trading in Europe and in other countries.

For the cement industry, there are three main drivers to energy consumption: (1) electrical power; (2) fuel; and (3) customer demand for high-strength products that require a significant proportion of high-energy clinker as a component.

For the producer, these factors have a significant influence on cost competitiveness, usually accounting for over 50 per cent of total production costs, so that accurately and continuously monitoring energy usage must be a way of life for any producer's technical team. The introduction of CO2 taxes in Europe and elsewhere adds a further twist to the story. For major groups, especially, decisions made in balancing maintenance, investments, operations and purchasing requirements all have to take into account the impact on their energy footprint.

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Global Cement, 9 February 2015

Global Cement recently spoke with its Managing Director, Philippe Fonta about the CSI's Getting the Numbers Right (GNR) project, barriers to increased cement sector sustainability, the possible effects of sustained low energy prices and the likelihood of commercially-viable carbon capture and storage projects in the future.

The CSI is a voluntary CEO-led programme that aims to increase sustainability in the cement sector around the world. Its stated aims are to: Explore the meaning of sustainable development in the cement industry; Identify actions and steps that companies can take to improve their sustainability; Provide frameworks for the inclusion of new members and; Create content and context for further stakeholder engagement.

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Business Standard, 5 February 2015

Dalmia Cement has signed a co-operation agreement with the IFC to conduct resource efficiency assessments and mobilise investments at its manufacturing facilities. Under the agreement, Dalmia Cement has initiated phase-II, in which the feasibility study of 27 technical papers of the Low Carbon technology roadmap will be undertaken to establish the implementation potential.

This initiative will help Dalmia Cement identify improvement opportunities in energy consumption, leading to lower GHG emission and contributing to sustainability and green cement. The phase I of the initiative (FY 2011-2013) was developed in partnership with WBCSD's CSI and the IEA, resulted in development of 27 technical papers on various aspects of manufacturing of cement and an overall GHG emissions roadmap for Indian cement industry.

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La Tribune, 4 February 2015

Bruno Lafont, qui dirige depuis 2007 Lafarge - le grand groupe français de matériaux de construction -, cumule plusieurs casquettes* au sein d'instances européennes et mondiales. À ce titre, il expose le point de vue des entreprises multinationales sur les sujets climatiques. Les entreprises ne sont plus un simple élément de la société civile parmi d'autres, mais un acteur identifié comme ayant un rôle clé à jouer.

Lafarge est membre du projet international Cement Sustainability Initiative [CSI, initiative du secteur cimentier pour la durabilité] que vous coprésidez. En quoi cela consiste-t-il ? Peut-on s'en inspirer dans d'autres secteurs ?

Cette expérience montre que certaines initiatives peuvent être prises sur le plan mondial sans attendre un accord international. N'oublions pas que les décisions prises lors de la COP21 s'appliqueront seulement à partir de 2020. D'ici là, les entreprises vont continuer d'avancer.

La CSI a été lancée dans le cadre du Conseil mondial des entreprises pour le développement durable (WBCSD) avec trois entreprises en 2000. Aujourd'hui, nous sommes 24 membres [représentant environ 30 % des émissions du secteur, ndlr]. Nous avons d'abord élaboré un protocole commun de mesure des émissions ; nous avons décidé de faire auditer ces mesures et les rapporter à l'organisme, et nous avons pris des engagements sur notre niveau d'émissions. Grâce à leur performance, les membres de la CSI ont réduit leurs émissions annuelles d'un volume équivalent à deux fois celles émises par un pays comme la Suisse. Lafarge, pour sa part, les a diminuées entre 1990 et 2013 de 26 % par tonne de ciment produite dans le monde et notre objectif est de 33 % à l'horizon 2020. Cette initiative met donc en évidence les bénéfices de la mesure et des échanges et la dynamique de progrès qu'ils favorisent.

D'autres secteurs s'inspirent de cet exemple, dont la chimie ou les pneumatiques.

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International Cement Review, February 2015

Globally, the cement industry is responsible for generating as much as five per cent of all anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide. In India the cement industry accounts for about seven per cent of total CO2 emissions, two-thirds of which emanates from the calcination process. The India cement industry is affirmed as being among the world's most energy efficient with the lowest emissions. It is even now working on a roadmap guided by the CSI that envisages significant reductions in emissions in the longer term. While conceding that energy efficiency in the Indian cement industry is already high, this roadmap outlines targets and suggestions for the years leading to 2050 to enable to cut overall emissions by 45 per cent. The document broadly identifies waste heat recovery as one of the five major levers that could enable such a reduction. The other four comprise enhanced use of alternative fuels and raw materials, thermal and electrical energy efficiency, clinker substitution and adoption of newer technologies.

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