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Building on sustainability efforts

International Cement Review, April 2016

The Paris Agreement on climate change reached last December has opened up opportunities for states and private companies to work together towards delivering a lowcarbon world. The cement industry, through its long history of collectively tackling its CO2 emissions, can be a key actor in this process. This article reviews progress made to date and charts the way forward.

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Safe in India 2016

Indian Cement Review, April 2016

This multi-sectoral seminar was unusual and was focused mainly on a mission to make zero accident manufacturing a reality. WBCSD took the steps and was joined by CII, CESD and CMA.

The WBCSD India and the CSI along with CII–ITC Centre of Excellence and Cement Manufacturers’ Association organised a seminar on “Safe in India 2016” on 1 March 1 2016. The seminar explored safety and sustainability issues in India and looked forward to harness safety measures in everyday life. 

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Using specialty lubricants in cement plants

World Cement, 2 March 2016

Many cement plants today are bound by sustainability targets set by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, under the voluntary Cement Sustainability Initiative. Globally, the cement industry has reduced its specific net CO2 emissions per t of product by 17% since 1990 – from 756 kg/t to 629 kg/t in 2010. The Cement Sustainability Initiative Roadmap of 2009 suggests that the target for 2050 should be 420 kg/t. Significant progress in this direction has been made by using strategies such as the improvement of thermal and electric efficiency, alternative fuel use, clinker substitution and carbon capture and storage. These methods often call for substantial investments. 

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Guest Comment

World Cement, March 2016

The end of last year marked an unprecedented milestone in the international negotiations on climate change. Significantly, the negotiations not only produced a legally binding, ambitious and balanced text of commitment by the countries; but also clearly recognised the important role of businesses in the collaborative approach to reduce emissions.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)1 was well advanced in considering the role of businesses with its Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiatives (LCTPi). Together with its members of the world’s leading 25 cement producers, the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI)3 is the key contributor, leading the development of the LCPTi Cement. 

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Votorantim Cimentos establishes commitment to fight climate change

World Cement, 29 January 2016

The global cement industry presented on 8 December during the COP21 – a meeting of world leaders on climate change that took place in Paris - a new commitment to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

The document entitled ‘Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi), the WBCSD, counsel representing the business community on climate change initiatives’, brings a set of action plans to reduce carbon emissions by 2030. The report identifies the barriers that industry faces, what needs to be done, by whom and when, aiming industry transition to a low carbon economy.

According to the CSI, arm of WBCSD that includes the largest global cement companies, over 16 companies have already endorsed the commitment. "The CSI members work to leverage the implementation of solutions for most cement companies in the world. Engaging the entire sector would amount to further reduce about 1 Giga ton of CO2 by 2030, which was approximately the same amount of total emissions of Germany in 2013", said Philippe Fonta, CEO of CSI in the WBCSD. 

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Cleaning up cement industry emissions with carbon conversion

GreenBiz, 14 January 2016

Cement manufacturing is one of the most carbon emissions intensive industries on the planet, but a handful of innovative companies are working hard to change that. Among the most promising innovations, according to HeidelbergCement, the world’s second or third largest cement company, is technology that takes carbon dioxide from cement’s smoke stack flue gas and uses bioengineering to convert it to low carbon fuel for transportation.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, global carbon dioxide emissions from cement production were approximately 829 million metric tons in 2001, or about 3.4 percent of all global emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production.  With the rapid growth of economies in China and India since then, that has likely increased.

But the industry knows its culpability in contributing to climate change and 25 major producers formed the CSI under the umbrella of the WBCSD to work to reduce it. The aim is to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2050 . HeidelbergCement has been a hard charger in the group. 

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Cementos Argos representing the green voice of the cement sector

World Cement, 14 December 2015

Government and private sector leaders announced commitments and partnerships on 8 December during one of the LPAA's thematic days at the UNFCCC 2015 COP21 to achieve a major increase in investments for research and development in low-carbon technologies and ways to speed up their diffusion in developing countries.

Jorge Mario Velázquez, President of Cementos Argos, represented the CSI and spoke for the cement industry in this crucial meeting. Invitation to speak at the occasion as part of the official process of COP21 is a recognition of the leadership demonstrated by Cementos Argos and the CSI, together with its members in climate protection. 

"For us it is an important step of a journey initiated years ago, focusing on being each day more sustainable." said Velázque. "Through our practices we have set clear targets for reducing CO2 at the same time participating in initiatives such as the DJSI and the Cement Sustainability CSI." 

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InterCement representa indústria do cimento em estudo apresentado durante a COP21

Segs.com, 13 December 2015

Companhia emitiu carta reafirmando seu compromisso com a meta estabelecida na reunião. Ao lado de mais 13 líderes globais de companhias que fazem parte do Caring For Climate, José Édison Barros Franco, Presidente do Conselho de Administração da InterCement, foi o representante da indústria do cimento no estudo do Pacto Global da ONU e da Accenture apresentado durante a COP21, em Paris.

O documento revela que 91% dos líderes empresariais acreditam que mudanças climáticas são prioridade. Além disso, 54% enxergam o desafio de adaptar seus negócios como oportunidade para crescer e inovar.

Ciente do papel da indústria do cimento neste cenário, responsável por 5% da emissão de CO2 no mundo, José Édison afirma que "temos o dever e a responsabilidade de agir". "Assim como contribuímos para a emissão de gases, temos que ser parte da solução", afirmou o executivo." 

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