Media Coverage

EnviroCem Conference on Environmental Technology for Cement & Lime - Review 2016

Global Cement, May 2016

The third Global EnviroCem conference started with a presentation by Philippe Fonta of the CSI, speaking about the impact of the Paris Climate Change Agreement on the cement industry. The Paris Agreement aims at a comprehensive decarbonation of the worldwide economy by the end of the century. Adaptation and mitigation are considered at the same time as finance in the agreement, with a proposed new mode of international cooperation, including states and non-states (including businesses and NGOs). The legally-binding agreement will involve nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) for all countries (both developed and developing), financial and technological packages and an agenda of solutions.

Philippe suggested that cement will have a role in the future due to its ability to build robust structures that can resist harsher climatic conditions. The CSI has presented the Low Carbon Technology Partnership Initiative for the cement sector: a ‘statement of ambition’ by the CSI suggests that CO2 emissions may be reduced by 20-25% by 2030 compared to business as usual, if the use of alternative fuels is maximised, if the clinker ratio is reduced as far as possible and if new clinkers and cements are developed. In addition, enhanced energy efficiency in the cement manufacturing process and carbon capture and storage will be used to reduce emissions. If the Paris Agreement is finally ratified, very great changes are in store for the cement industry around the world.

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Investors can be convinced of future returns from green investments

World Cement, 4 May 2016

In recognition of Indian businesses vigorously joining the climate change battle, Mr. Mahendra Singhi, Group CEO of Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited was one of the two Indian industrialists showcased by the UN at the Paris Agreement signing events in New York on 22 April. 

Mr. Singh added specifically that cement companies around the world are encouraged to share good practices through the collaboration platform of the CSI. The Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) Cement report launched during the COP21 in Paris identifies a number of barriers to low-carbon technologies that are beyond the control of the cement sector; the CSI and its member companies are eager to collaborate with other actors, particularly governments and other policy makers, on the removal of these barriers.

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Tackling the climate challenge

World Cement, 2 May 2016

While the COP21 in Paris has given a remarkable push forward to climate change mitigation, the cement industry has been working for several decades to minimise its environmental footprint - with CO2-abatement being an absolute top-priority.

HeidelbergCement is one of the founding members of the CSI, one of the largest global sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single industry sector. Climate protection has been a key issue since the inception of the CSI – under the auspices of the WBCSD.

In 2009, the CSI developed a cement technology roadmap in collaboration with the International Energy Agency and the WBCSD. The roadmap identifies existing and potential technologies to achieve significant emissions reductions in the cement sector by 2050. It also guides the cement industry on its way to achieve substantial emissions reductions and likewise shows the value of collaboration and partnership between the key players of the industry. 

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Dalmia Cement resonates commitment to sustainability

India Infoline, 25 April 2016

Group CEO Dalmia Cement Bharat Mahendra Singhi was invited for a high-level interactive dialogue with other world leaders to action tackling climate change, share learnings from the Paris Agreement and talk about Dalmia Cement Bharat’s vision for creating a new, low carbon economy.

Singhi, also the co-chair of Cement Sustainability initiative (CSI) in India added “We are committed to sustainability and have partnered with Cement Sustainability initiative of World Business Council for Sustainable Development through which we are able to share the best practices for sustainability.” CSI facilitates low carbon technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a pollution free environment, aiding sustainability. 

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CNBM meet with sustainable development delegation

World Cement, 21 April 2016

At the end of March 2016, Mr. Song Zhiping, Chairman of CNBM met with a delegation led by Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of WBCSD.

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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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