Global Cement, March 2014
Building a more sustainable future is a collective challenge that requires a collective solution. This was the message that delegates at the WBCSD's CSI took away from the CSI annual forum in Vancouver, last October. Stakeholders from around the world were told that the industry should shift its opinion of itself from "doing less harm" to "doing more good".
World Cement, 14 February 2014
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) has signed an agreement with several cement and concrete groups from around the world to develop an international responsible sourcing certification programme for concrete. The project, which is spearheaded by the CSI of the WBCSD, includes cement and concrete groups from North America, South America and Europe.
World Cement, 10 December 2013
The WBCSD-CSI is seeking a new candidate to manage the development of a Responsible Sourcing Scheme (RSS) for concrete.
Initial efforts of the CSI have resulted in the collaboration of industry partners to drive the development of the RSS for concrete. The organisation is looking for a Coordinator with experience in green building certification, responsible sourcing, standard setting processes and multi-stakeholder engagement, who will manage the development plans to meet objectives set by the industry partners.
On-Site Magazine, 5 December 2013
From providing greater resilience in the face of more extreme weather events, to reducing emissions, to new, greener products, the cement and concrete industry is helping redefine the way we think about the construction of our roads, bridges, and buildings. This is good news for people who are concerned about safety, the environment and investment in public infrastructure.
Globally and in Canada, the cement and concrete industry has made—and continues to make significant investments to become more efficient, cleaner and increasingly focused on product-based solutions to sustainability challenges.
Earlier this fall, cement industry executives from around the world gathered in Vancouver with other experts and practitioners in sustainable construction for the CSI Forum 2013, where they discussed the latest advancements, issues and opportunities in this field.
India Infoline, 21 November 2013
Presently, cement companies in India are building global capacities, modernizing plants, improving efficiencies, cutting costs and restructuring their business houses to become highly competitive. NCB has been actively associated with Indian industry members of the global CSI, a part of the WBCSD on a key project to assess opportunities for carbon emission reduction and increased resource efficiency in cement manufacturing process in India. This has resulted in a Low Carbon Technology Roadmap for the Indian Cement Industry.
12 November 2013
Turkish cement producer Çimsa has become a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Cement Sustainability Initiative (WBCSD CSI). It is the first Turkish company to join. The CSI is in discussions with local trade associations regarding other potential partnerships in the country.
JOC Digital Media, 26 October 2013
Phillipe Fonta is the managing director of the Cement Sustainability Initiative, and he was recently in Vancouver promoting cement as an energy-efficient method of construction for current and future projects.
Fonta spoke to the Journal of Commerce about the efforts being made by the cement industry to reduce waste and recycle material, while at the same time producing product that is more energy-efficient than in past.
Fonta also explained that given the inevitability of climate change and the increasing regularity of extreme weather, cement provides the best protection possible against the elements and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
11 October 2013
The cement sector Global Water Tool (GWT) was launched at the Budapest Water Summit this week, with representatives from CSI member companies Holcim, Italcementi, Lafarge, Titan and Votorantim present to demonstrate the tool to summit participants. The GWT is a free resource, designed to help cement companies manage their water use more efficiently. Although the quantity of water used in cement production is less than in many business sectors, it is vital for operational purposes.
Global Cement, 10 October 2013
The 7th International VDZ Congress 2013, 'Process technology of cement manufacturing,' has successfully taken place in Duesseldorf, Germany, on 25 - 27 September, attracting around 600 delegates of whom around 250 were from outside Germany. The Congress - in English - takes place every four years and is regarded as one of the most prestigious cement technical conferences in the world.
Howard Klee spoke about the Cement Sustainability Initiative and stated that the initiative now has 24 member companies, covering 25% of global cement production, or 55% outside of China. Howard stated that the main objectives of the CSI include improving the cement industry's performance on climate impacts, employee safety, sustainability, water use and biodiversity. Co-processing and waste management are also now covered by the initiative. Four levers have been suggested to manage CO2 emissions from the cement industry, including the promotion of energy efficiency, alternative fuels use, clinker factor reduction and carbon capture and storage. On the safety side, incidents involving moving vehicles, falls from height, and being hit by moving machinery or objects are the main cases of injuries and fatalities in the cement industry, with continuing high fatality levels in the cement industry but even higher levels among contractors on cement plant sites. New action is being taken to address the cement industry's mercury emissions, with best available technology and best environmental approaches being developed. The CSI has also developed global guidelines for alternative fuels use, specifically excluding a variety of materials that local populations would object to, in order to help to retain the 'license to operate.' Action on biodiversity is ongoing in the global cement industry. Howard's organisation is encouraging concrete recycling, aiming towards 'zero landfill.' Howard Klee concluded, "The superior properties of concrete make it a superior construction and infrastructure material, but public perceptions differ from this standpoint."
Fort Mill Times, 3 October 2013
"Sustainability must stand on its own two feet," declared Solidia Technologies® CEO Tom Schuler during a panel presentation at the annual forum of the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI). CSI invited Schuler to speak on new sustainable technologies and the challenges of introducing innovation and to present Solidia's technology that reduces the carbon footprint of cement and concrete products up to 70 percent.
One of the largest sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single sector, CSI comprises 24 cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries representing 30 percent of the world's cement production. Held this week in Vancouver and co-hosted by HeidelbergCement, Lafarge, and the Cement Association of Canada, the 7th annual forum convened industry leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs and researchers to explore trends in building materials and facilitate adoption of sustainability elements in construction.Read article online