Media Coverage

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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Indian companies see business sense in tackling climate change

Hindustan Times, 24 August 2015

The Indian industry has slowly become aware of the fact that it has to play a larger role in tackling climate change and seems to have taken up the opportunity to make a difference by adopting initiatives and innovations that make business sense as well.

The cement sector, once a major contributor to the emissions, has now found a place among world leaders in energy efficiency by drastically reducing its carbon and water footprint. According to a Japanese study, a land area approximately 1.5 times of India needs to be afforested to compensate for the total global emissions from the cement industry alone.

Self-promoted sustainable business practices like Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) and government regulations like the Perform, Achieve & Trade Scheme [PAT] and the Renewable Energy Purchase Obligations [RPO] have made the achievements possible in the sector, says Ajay Kapur, MD and CEO, Ambuja Cement Ltd.

"Climate change is a reality in today's industrial perspective. The challenge lies in how well we are able to internalise these challenges and convert them into opportunities," says Kapur.

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Report: Business collaboration can help take a big wedge out of 'emissions gap'

businessGreen, 24 August 2015

The private sector could avoid up to 500 megatons of carbon dioxide by 2020 by scaling up five existing co-operative sustainability projects, according to a new joint paper released today by Cambridge University and energy consultancy Ecofys.

The report found that projects run collaboratively by private sector firms could play a significant role in meeting the "emissions gap" between current international government pledges and a 2ºC pathway.

The five projects studied included En.lighten, an initiative to promote energy-efficient lighting technology in developing countries, and the Cement Sustainability Initiative, which supports sustainable development in the ement industry.

The potential savings generated by scaling up the five initiatives are roughly equivalent to the yearly emissions from 131 coal-fired power stations, the report found. If more ambitious approaches are applied, the potential savings could rise to 500 megatons of carbon dioxide.

To scale up projects, the report advises co-operatives set clear goals for innovation, emissions reduction or policy impact, publicly report data to ensure transparent progress, and establish a framework to ratchet up ambition at regular intervals.

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Cementtech 2015 underway in Beijing, China

CemNet, 29 April 2015

The China International Cement Conference opened yesterday at the Hotel Nikko New Century Hotel in the Chinese capital Beijing, with sustainable development and over capacity remaining the pivotal theme for this 16th annual event.

An address by Ma Rong, Associate Counsel, Resources Conservation and Environmental Protection Department, NDRC, highlighted the importance of embracing available energy opportunities, stating the domestic industry should 'turn waste into a treasure to benefit the circular economy.'

Following on, Philippe Fonta, director of the CSI, thanked its five Chinese members for the environmental improvement made so far. He also underlined that 2015 is an important year for China and the world as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change‎ COP21 will be held in Paris, France, in December.

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In the spotlight: health and safety

World Cement, 17 April 2015

The cement and lime industry requires meticulous planning when it comes to operational risk management, particularly in safety. Ensuring safety for employees and contractors remains one of the most important issues for an industry that can involve exposure to multiple hazards at any given time. Although health and safety is heavily regulated in most western nations, until very recently standardisation has been lacking, especially in the all-important area of reporting standards for employee health and safety. The WBCSD's CSI has now published a report that will allow a common platform for reporting industry-wide figures in order to compare the cement industry against others and to have proper benchmarking.

This is a step in the right direction for the cement industry. Quality standards and benchmarking that go beyond regulatory compliance are crucial for good progressive safety management. That said, there are still major companies out their struggling to comply.

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