Media Coverage

Sustainability must stand on its own two feet, speaker tells cement leaders at CSI Annual Forum

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.

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Heidelberg, Lafarge host global CSI Forum in Vancouver

Concrete Products, 1 October 2013

Members of CAC and peers from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) are convening October 1-3 in British Columbia to exchange ideas on best production, environmental management and market development practices.

CAC is a partner with CSI in the Vancouver gathering, themed "Sustainable Construction: Building Tomorrow's World" and hosted by the operators of the province's two cement mills, Heidelberg Cement and Lafarge Canada.

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Treating waste productively by the cement industry

Indian Cement Review, September 2013

Co-processing of waste in cement plants is a service that the cement sector can provide to their plant's communities for their mutual benefit. CSI members manage co-processing fuels and raw materials in cement manufacturing in an efficient and responsible way.

In response to the escalating rate of waste production on the one hand and the rising resource demands from the cement manufacturing process on the other hand, cement companies around the world have been considering waste as a source of raw material and energy since the late 70's. The sector is now making a considerable and valuable contribution to the waste management system in many countries step by step. When and where waste material is available and cannot technically or economically be avoided, minimized, reused and / or recycled, cement manufacturing provides a more sustainable solution than landfill or dumping due to the full energy and material recovery in the process.

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New data for cement industry shows reductions in CO2 Emission

World Cement, September 2013

The cement industry has an important part to play in reducing global carbon emissions and the CSI has been working to help drive this. The 'Getting the Numbers Right' (GNR) database was set up to gather reliable, up-to-date emissions data from the industry. Now in its seventh year, the latest data to be published provides evidence of significant CO2 emissions reductions and improved efficiency across the industry.

The GNR data collected provides evidence that steady progress has been made in the cement industry since 1990, with trends showing consistent yearly reductions in CO2 emissions per tonne of product. The latest data released for 2011 is no exception. According to the 2011 GNR data, the cement industry has reduced its emissions of CO2 per tonne of cementitious product by 17% since 1990, despite experiencing production growth in this time.

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Aiming for zero accidents

International Cement Review, August 2013

For the WBCSD's CSI, the number-one priority for all its 24 member companies is safety. Revised guidelines published in May 2013 on measuring and reporting aim to make the industry a safer place.

The CSI recently launched a revised version of "Safety in the Cement Industry: Guidelines for Measuring and Reporting" in May 2013, which evolved significantly from its first version in 2004 – this is the fourth edition of the guidelines. By further improving the accuracy of the occupational injury register, CSI member companies can work on a consistent basis to produce their safety performance reports. The common reporting platform enables members to track performance against consolidated CSI indicators to evaluate the progress of their individual programmes.

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Cement industry leans on market based models for pan-sector recycling

Sustainability Outlook, 30 July 2013

Dalmia Cement is a member of the WBCSD's Cement Sustainability Initiative. Could you tell me something about the initiative and what inspired Dalmia Cement to be a part of it?

The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a global effort by 24 major cement producers across the world to work towards sustainable development. We enrolled last year in the CSI to support the global action on climate change and exemplified our commitment to sustainable development. We are the third company in India that joined the initiative. We have clear targets that we have to achieve to retain that membership going forward. We have to improve our sustainability commitments in terms of fuel consumption, power consumption and we have to declare those targets with the timelines publicly. Under CSI, we also report in the public domain in areas of climate change and carbon emission reduction targets.

Could you tell us something about the targets/goals for cement industry as proposed by the recently announced technology road map for low carbon growth pathways?

The technology roadmap for low carbon growth pathways was launched in January 2013. CSI has outlined the ways to achieve a low carbon pathway for the Indian cement industry. The target is to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2050. They have also road mapped the new technologies that will come to India to facilitate this in the near future. The way to go about achieving these targets could either come with increased use of blended cement, through increased energy efficiency, advanced technology and more use of alternative fuels.

We are also trying to maximize the use of fly ash because according to CSI we can use as much as 35% of it. We are already at 30 plus. As a company we produce 62% blended cement which is very close to the industry average. Going forward, we will put in our efforts to increase that percentage.

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CSI releases results of GNR 2011

16 July 2013

The CSI has released data for the 2011 Getting the Numbers Right (GNR) programme. The results reveal that specific net CO2 emissions/t of cementitious material fell by 17% from 756 kg/t in 1990 to 629 kg/t in 2011. Compared to 2010, real improvements in efficiency and emissions can be seen across the board.

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Dalmia will set new benchmarks in its sustainability effort

Indian Cement Review, June 2013

What is Dalmia's stated goal on sustainability and how close are you to that dream?

Dalmia Cement is a member of CSI (Cement Sustainability Initiative, under the aegis of the WBCSD, Geneva). Consequently, it is bound by the CSI's Charter on Sustainability.  We adhere to the exacting and very comprehensive standards of the CSI. As a part of our commitment, we are in the process of publishing the Sustainability Report from the financial year 2013-14. In Specific Energy Consumption, we are carrying out energy audit to identiy energy saving potenital. Interally, an exclusive energy conservation team focuses on the critical areas of raw and coal mill, captive power plant, compressors, pumps, packing plants and ball mill. Monitoring energy consumption daily on several metrics and taking corrective measures wherever necessary.

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