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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, 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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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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