Media Coverage

Achieving zero harm on the road

World Cement, September 2015

Every day, more than 3000 people around the world lose their lives due to road crashes. It's the equivalent of ten jumbo jets crashing daily - and yet this figure goes relatively unnoticed, leaving road users exposed to high levels of risk.

Driving-related incidents have always been a major cause of fatalities for cement companies. Ever since its first Agenda for Action in 2002, the CSI has been working tirelessly with its members to eliminate driving-related fatalities and injuries within and beyond the cement industry.

The CSI provides an ideal platform for a shared understanding of sustainability issues, with safety being one topic of utmost importance. Members can share openly within a trusted, antitrustcompliant structure, not only about good practices, but also about near-missed cases and even failures, where sometimes the more crucial lesson lies.

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Indian companies see business sense in tackling climate change

Hindustan Times, 24 August 2015

The Indian industry has slowly become aware of the fact that it has to play a larger role in tackling climate change and seems to have taken up the opportunity to make a difference by adopting initiatives and innovations that make business sense as well.

The cement sector, once a major contributor to the emissions, has now found a place among world leaders in energy efficiency by drastically reducing its carbon and water footprint. According to a Japanese study, a land area approximately 1.5 times of India needs to be afforested to compensate for the total global emissions from the cement industry alone.

Self-promoted sustainable business practices like Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) and government regulations like the Perform, Achieve & Trade Scheme [PAT] and the Renewable Energy Purchase Obligations [RPO] have made the achievements possible in the sector, says Ajay Kapur, MD and CEO, Ambuja Cement Ltd.

"Climate change is a reality in today's industrial perspective. The challenge lies in how well we are able to internalise these challenges and convert them into opportunities," says Kapur.

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Report: Business collaboration can help take a big wedge out of 'emissions gap'

businessGreen, 24 August 2015

The private sector could avoid up to 500 megatons of carbon dioxide by 2020 by scaling up five existing co-operative sustainability projects, according to a new joint paper released today by Cambridge University and energy consultancy Ecofys.

The report found that projects run collaboratively by private sector firms could play a significant role in meeting the "emissions gap" between current international government pledges and a 2ºC pathway.

The five projects studied included En.lighten, an initiative to promote energy-efficient lighting technology in developing countries, and the Cement Sustainability Initiative, which supports sustainable development in the ement industry.

The potential savings generated by scaling up the five initiatives are roughly equivalent to the yearly emissions from 131 coal-fired power stations, the report found. If more ambitious approaches are applied, the potential savings could rise to 500 megatons of carbon dioxide.

To scale up projects, the report advises co-operatives set clear goals for innovation, emissions reduction or policy impact, publicly report data to ensure transparent progress, and establish a framework to ratchet up ambition at regular intervals.

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Cementtech 2015 underway in Beijing, China

CemNet, 29 April 2015

The China International Cement Conference opened yesterday at the Hotel Nikko New Century Hotel in the Chinese capital Beijing, with sustainable development and over capacity remaining the pivotal theme for this 16th annual event.

An address by Ma Rong, Associate Counsel, Resources Conservation and Environmental Protection Department, NDRC, highlighted the importance of embracing available energy opportunities, stating the domestic industry should 'turn waste into a treasure to benefit the circular economy.'

Following on, Philippe Fonta, director of the CSI, thanked its five Chinese members for the environmental improvement made so far. He also underlined that 2015 is an important year for China and the world as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change‎ COP21 will be held in Paris, France, in December.

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In the spotlight: health and safety

World Cement, 17 April 2015

The cement and lime industry requires meticulous planning when it comes to operational risk management, particularly in safety. Ensuring safety for employees and contractors remains one of the most important issues for an industry that can involve exposure to multiple hazards at any given time. Although health and safety is heavily regulated in most western nations, until very recently standardisation has been lacking, especially in the all-important area of reporting standards for employee health and safety. The WBCSD's CSI has now published a report that will allow a common platform for reporting industry-wide figures in order to compare the cement industry against others and to have proper benchmarking.

This is a step in the right direction for the cement industry. Quality standards and benchmarking that go beyond regulatory compliance are crucial for good progressive safety management. That said, there are still major companies out their struggling to comply.

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Sharing cement industry perspectives for India's INDC development

World Cement, 16 April 2015

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

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Challenging mercury: emission limits and measures

World Cement, 13 April 2015

Within the process of implementing the Minamata Convention on a UN level, technical guidelines regarding BAT/BEP (Best Environmental Procedures) in relevant industry sectors are currently being developed. These guidelines aim at supporting governments, especially of developing/emerging countries, to later implement the Convention into national legislation. The draft guideline for the cement industry describes all known abatement techniques as well as monitoring/measurement techniques. The cement industry – represented by the CSI – is closely following the process. A major concern is that the assessment of the technologies does not sufficiently consider technical availability, industrial experiences and economic aspects. According to the guideline, the first measure is a careful selection of all input materials to the cement production process: while the composition of natural raw materials can hardly be influenced, a proper control of mercury contents in the alternative raw materials and fuels used is recommended.

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Emissions monitoring and control training sessions held in India

World Cement, 10 April 2015

The CSI organised three sessions on air emissions monitoring and control for its ten members in India. The events were hosted by Dalmia Cement, ACC and UltraTech Cement. More than 100 environmental, process and technical employees from the cement companies took part in the training sessions. These were conducted by senior cement professionals, as well as experts from OEMs such as Alstom, Chemtrol, Environment SA and Ion Filtra.

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