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Cement sector contributing to low carbon development

World Cement, 10 December 2015

Aware of the vital role that cement and concrete plays and will continue to play in the future of our modern society, and aware of the significant challenge that mitigating the CO2 emissions from cement production represents, the cement sector has made long-term committed efforts towards low-carbon development on a global scale. Collaboration both within and beyond the sector is necessary to deliver against aspirational goal and bring upon progressive advancement in low-carbon development for the sector and along its value chain.

With that vision, the WBCSD has initiated a unique collaborative platform of Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiatives (LCTPi), bringing together 140 global businesses and 50 partners to accelerate the development, deployment and scale up of low-carbon technologies. The LCTPi Cement is amongst the 9 solutions developed. Among WBCSD member companies, 86 have made 94 endorsements and are ready to move to implementation. 

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India's concrete facts in Paris

Rediff On The Net, 9 December 2015

Cement is highly energy-intensive, with energy accounting for 35-40 per cent of the total cost of manufacture. Considering that India has embarked on probably the second largest volume of construction for infrastructure and housing anywhere in the world after China, this is a significant development.

The Indian cement industry has also reduced the amount of energy used. However, India fares poorly on the alternative fuels front. It is only comprises 1%, as against 30-40 per cent in Europe. According to Mahendra Singhi, CEO of Dalmia (Bharat) Cement, the industry can raise its use of alternative energy to 19% by 2030 and 25% by 2050 if the government supports such a shift.

Under CDP, the cement industry is reporting on a number of indices, such as raw material consumption, energy, carbon dioxide emissions, health and safety. Several of these parameters have been laid down by the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), a global programme.

Philippe Fonta, Managing Director of CSI says: “We have developed the most comprehensive database on energy use and CO2 emissions. Over almost a decade of reporting, we have identified general trends and regional specificities. The Indian cement sector is the most energy-efficient worldwide, mainly due to modern technology used in the plants but also because of efficient monitoring of a plant’s performance on a daily basis, focusing on energy savings and carbon dioxide emission reductions.” 

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LCTPi on Cement launched today at COP21

8 December 2015

Member companies of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative have pledged to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 – 25% by 2030 – a reduction of 1 Gt compared to business as usual. The Cement Action Plan is part of WBCSD’s Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi).

On 8 December, at the side event hosted by the CSI at COP21 in Paris, the cement industry released a set of action plans aimed at reducing carbon emissions and identifying the barriers the industry faces, what needs to be done, by whom and when.

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West China Cement to join the CSI

4 December 2015

West China Cement Limited (WCC) is headquartered in Xi'an, and a key gateway to the western region of China.

With energy conservation, emission controls and safety becoming increasingly important factors in the Chinese cement industry, WCC continues to work towards best of industry standards in these areas. 

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Advances in the reduction of CO2 emissions

World Cement, 1 December 2015

With the gradual internationalisation of Votorantim Cimentos, the company also expanded its presence in international sustainability forums. The company was one of the founders of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) in 1999, which has placed great emphasis on climate change. The CSI is part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), an organisation dedicated to the development of sustainable business practices globally.

Among the main actions developed by Votorantim Cimentos in this global forum, is the Cement Technology Roadmap study, developed in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), which aims to develop more efficient processes in the cement industry. Another major initiative is being developed under COP21: the Low Carbon Technology Partnership Initiative (LCTPi), whose goal is the definition of voluntary initiatives among cement producers between 2030 and 2050, based on COP-2009 reports from Copenhagen. This initiative is also developed by the IEA and the WBCSD and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). 

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LafargeHolcim executives bring action plan to UN Climate Conference

Concrete Products, 30 November 2015

The world's leading cement, aggregate and concrete producer will offer energy and environmental management perspectives at four United Nations Climate Conference sessions, topped by the introduction of a World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD)/Cement Sustainability Initiative project. Also known as (Conference of Parties) COP-21, the event runs through December 11 in Paris and involves 150-plus countries representing nearly 90 percent of carbon emissions across the globe.

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CSI in India members learning about biodiversity management

World Cement, 10 November 2015

Over 60 plant environment and mining department personnel from 9 CSI in India member companies participated in a series of three biodiversity management workshops conducted between August and September 2015.

CSI organised the workshops in India in partnership with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) India and Leaders for Nature. These were hosted by three member company plants – Zuari Sitapuram, ACC Chanda and Shree Digvijay Cement Digvijaygram. 

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Achieving zero harm on the road

World Cement, September 2015

Every day, more than 3,000 people around the world lose their lives due to road crashes. It's the equivalent of ten jumbo jets crashing daily — and yet this figure goes relatively unnoticed, leaving road users exposed to high levels of risk.

Driving-related incidents have always been a major cause of fatalities for cement companies. Ever since its first Agenda for Action in 20023, the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) has been working tirelessly with its members to eliminate driving-related fatalities and injuries within and beyond the cement industry.

The statistics are shocking, the challenge is global and the case for action is compelling. While solutions do exist, multiple coordinated measures are required to reduce road injuries and fatalities; just as many factors contribute to the problem. Mr Philippe Fonta, Managing Director of the CSI shared: “Whilst CSI members are committed to achieve zero harm for their workforce, contractors and communities, eliminating risk on the roads requires a united, concerted effort on the part of businesses, civil societies and governments.” 

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