Media Coverage

Sharing cement industry perspectives for India's INDC development

World Cement, 16 April 2015

At the stakeholder consultation workshop organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), India's Cement Manufactures' Association (CMA), the apex cement industry body in the country, and the CSI joined to present the cement sector's perspective on the development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for India.

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Challenging mercury: emission limits and measures

World Cement, 13 April 2015

Within the process of implementing the Minamata Convention on a UN level, technical guidelines regarding BAT/BEP (Best Environmental Procedures) in relevant industry sectors are currently being developed. These guidelines aim at supporting governments, especially of developing/emerging countries, to later implement the Convention into national legislation. The draft guideline for the cement industry describes all known abatement techniques as well as monitoring/measurement techniques. The cement industry – represented by the CSI – is closely following the process. A major concern is that the assessment of the technologies does not sufficiently consider technical availability, industrial experiences and economic aspects. According to the guideline, the first measure is a careful selection of all input materials to the cement production process: while the composition of natural raw materials can hardly be influenced, a proper control of mercury contents in the alternative raw materials and fuels used is recommended.

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Emissions monitoring and control training sessions held in India

World Cement, 10 April 2015

The CSI organised three sessions on air emissions monitoring and control for its ten members in India. The events were hosted by Dalmia Cement, ACC and UltraTech Cement. More than 100 environmental, process and technical employees from the cement companies took part in the training sessions. These were conducted by senior cement professionals, as well as experts from OEMs such as Alstom, Chemtrol, Environment SA and Ion Filtra.

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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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