CemNet, 16 October 2014
The stunning city of Istanbul, Turkey, played host to Cemtech Europe 2014 over 29 September - 1 October, attracting an audience of 320 delegates from 35 countries. Supported by the Turkish Cement Association, the event proved to be a major success with an expert conference programme, extensive networking opportunities, exquisite hospitality and an exclusive tour of Nuh Çimento's cement works all combining to deliver the ultimate conference experience in the heart of Turkey's historic capital.
Phillipe Fonta, managing director of the WBCSD's Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), was then welcomed on to the Cemtech stage to provide an analysis of the social and economic role played by the cement and concrete sectors in Europe. The CSI has decided to initiate and conduct a broad analysis of the externalities of both sectors, both in an environmental and social context to ensure the sector is at the forefront of sustainability thinking and actions. As a first step, the CSI members will collectively develop the scope, boundaries and timeline of this project to best accommodate the various available resources, and will present them for discussion and validation at the next CSI CEO meeting in December 2014.
World Cement, 29 September 2014
The WBCSD's CSI has published an updated version of its 'Guidelines for Co-Processing Fuels and Raw Materials in Cement Manufacturing'. The guidelines offer a technical overview of the main issues and principles regarding the responsible selection and use of fuels and raw materials. They have been updated to reflect the latest 'technological developments, the changing nature of alternative fuels and materials, and the evolution of stakeholder expectations in recent years, as well as to include the CSI members' collective expertise and experience in co-processing since the document's first publication in 2005'.
World Cement, 26 September 2014
At the CSI Forum 2014 held in Cartagena this month, Jim Rushworth, Co-Chair of the CSI Task Force 5 on Biodiversity & Land Stewardship, presented the Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) Guidance. The guidance presents the key issues and six crucial stages in biodiversity management, explains the connection between operations and healthy ecosystems and outlines some management approaches. It is aimed at environmental officers, managers of operations, quarry managers, as well as others who work with quarries and who have a focus on biodiversity, such as academics and NGOs. The BMP Guidance provides practical advice on the implementation of biodiversity into site-level management of quarries through the development of an appropriately focused management plan.
World Cement, 10 September 2014
On 16 & 17 September, Argos will host the eighth annual forum of the CSI in the historic city of Cartagena, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the event, the presidents and some employees of the 20 largest cement companies in the Western world, with operations in more than 100 countries, will meet in order to discuss and propose initiatives around biodiversity, preservation and good practices associated with environmental conservation.
Cemento & Conreto magazine by FICEM-APCAC, September 2014
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World Cement, 22 July 2014
International Union for Conservation of Nature has launched a new guide to encourage companies to responsibly manage biodiversity throughout their operations. The guide, 'Integrated Biodiversity Management System' (IBMS), was developed over four years by an independent panel of biodiversity and ecosystem experts in consultation with industry practitioners and other stakeholders. Following numerous visits to quarries in several countries, including Spain, Belgium and China, the panel created a procedure for adopting a systematic approach to safeguarding biodiversity on cement and aggregate landholdings.
The development of the IBMS is supported by and will be disseminated in collaboration with: the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI); CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association; FICEM, the Inter-American Cement Federation; and UEPG, the European Aggregates Association
World Cement, 17 July 2014
On the basis of robust data, models and evaluation tools that its members have been collectively developing over years, the WBCSD's CSI has now decided to initiate and conduct a broad analysis of the externalities (impacts and benefits) of the cement and concrete sector.
The CSI recognises that in an increasingly urbanised population, concrete and cement will continue to play a vital part in our daily lives, through many diverse applications and usages. At the same time, the CSI believes that it is essential to properly measure the positive and negative externalities of cement and concrete.
World Cement, 20 May 2014
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has recently published a draft standard for the determination of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources in energy-intensive industries. It includes a cement-specific part that is based on the Cement CO2 and Energy Protocol of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI Protocol), which is now available in version 3.1. More than 960 cement plants worldwide use the CSI Protocol for monitoring their CO2 emissions and also their energy consumption. Cement plants located in the EU additionally have to report their annual CO2 emissions within the framework of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), phase III of which started in 2013.