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Improving biodiversity management

World Cement, 30 March 2015

The environmental impacts of extractive activities are well known – although not necessarily fully understood – by stakeholders. As a consequence, proper land management and stewardship, quarry rehabilitation and biodiversity have always been key focal points for cement manufacturers and quarry operators.

The 23 members of the WBCSD's CSI have operations in over 100 countries, so they are very familiar and well-versed in many aspects of land stewardship.

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Cementing a vision of sustainability

The Hindu Business Line, 8 March 2015

Philippe Fonta, Managing Director, CSI, was in Bengaluru recently to chair the CSI’s Safety Working Group in India, for the year 2014 -15. He spoke to BusinessLine and shared global best practices and where India stands in the world order among cement producers.

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Cement companies walking the walk in sustainability

5 March 2015

Released today, the results from an independent audit undertaken across the membership of the CSI of the WBCSD demonstrate that leading cement companies are improving their sustainability through the CSI collaborative approach.

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Cimenterie Nationale joins CSI

World Cement, 5 March 2015

Cimenterie Nationale of Lebanon has joined the WBCSD's CSI. The company, founded in 1953, produces more than 2.6 million tpy of cement and directly employs more than 550 people and provides indirect employment for 1,000 people. 

Joining the CSI is an indication of the company's commitment to the pursuance of sustainable development within the cement industry and beyond. Cimenterie Nationale prides itself on promoting a culture of trust and respect in its team, and providing a healthy and stimulating work environment that enhances personal development. The guiding principle is to conduct business with integrity, care for the environment, and social responsibility for the communities in which it operates.

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India’s CSI members gather for roundtable

World Cement, 24 February 2015

A roundtable with Philippe Fonta, Managing Director of the WBCSD CSI took place yesterday. Organised by the Dalmia Bharat Group, the roundtable included representatives of CSI's member companies in India. At the event, Mr Fonta delivered a presentation on the responsibilities and challenges facing the cement sector, and the CSI's role in sustainable development. He also discussed issues such as safety, low carbon technology, energy efficiency and alternative fuel utilisation, before outlining the progress made by the CSI in India thus far and a roadmap for future development.

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Most India cement firms emit less CO2 than US, EU peers: CSI

18 February 2015

Leveraging the latest technology, most cement manufacturing plants in India consume less energy and emit less carbon-di-oxide than their European and American counterparts, said the CSI.

An initiative of the WBCSD, the CSI is a 23-member organisation including nine Indian cement firms. CSI members produce two-thirds of the world's cement and 60 per cent in India.

"Member companies from India are more efficient. They emit less carbon-di-oxide than the firms in Europe and the US. Their energy consumption is also less," said CSI's Managing Director Philippe Fonta in a media interaction here.

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Best energy consumption

International Cement Review, 16 February 2015

As control of sources, generation, distribution and consumption of energy is central to many current world issues, controlling the industry's energy footprint is a matter of intense interest to governments. This is recognised in such initiatives as ISO 50001, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Cement Sustainability Initiative, Energy Star in the USA, PAT in India and CO2 taxes/trading in Europe and in other countries.

For the cement industry, there are three main drivers to energy consumption: (1) electrical power; (2) fuel; and (3) customer demand for high-strength products that require a significant proportion of high-energy clinker as a component.

For the producer, these factors have a significant influence on cost competitiveness, usually accounting for over 50 per cent of total production costs, so that accurately and continuously monitoring energy usage must be a way of life for any producer's technical team. The introduction of CO2 taxes in Europe and elsewhere adds a further twist to the story. For major groups, especially, decisions made in balancing maintenance, investments, operations and purchasing requirements all have to take into account the impact on their energy footprint.

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Dalmia Cement partners with IFC for resource efficiency assessments

Business Standard, 5 February 2015

Dalmia Cement has signed a co-operation agreement with the IFC to conduct resource efficiency assessments and mobilise investments at its manufacturing facilities. Under the agreement, Dalmia Cement has initiated phase-II, in which the feasibility study of 27 technical papers of the Low Carbon technology roadmap will be undertaken to establish the implementation potential.

This initiative will help Dalmia Cement identify improvement opportunities in energy consumption, leading to lower GHG emission and contributing to sustainability and green cement. The phase I of the initiative (FY 2011-2013) was developed in partnership with WBCSD's CSI and the IEA, resulted in development of 27 technical papers on various aspects of manufacturing of cement and an overall GHG emissions roadmap for Indian cement industry.

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