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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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Le combat pour le climat est compatible avec la compétitivité

La Tribune, 4 February 2015

Bruno Lafont, qui dirige depuis 2007 Lafarge - le grand groupe français de matériaux de construction -, cumule plusieurs casquettes* au sein d'instances européennes et mondiales. À ce titre, il expose le point de vue des entreprises multinationales sur les sujets climatiques. Les entreprises ne sont plus un simple élément de la société civile parmi d'autres, mais un acteur identifié comme ayant un rôle clé à jouer.

Lafarge est membre du projet international Cement Sustainability Initiative [CSI, initiative du secteur cimentier pour la durabilité] que vous coprésidez. En quoi cela consiste-t-il ? Peut-on s'en inspirer dans d'autres secteurs ?

Cette expérience montre que certaines initiatives peuvent être prises sur le plan mondial sans attendre un accord international. N'oublions pas que les décisions prises lors de la COP21 s'appliqueront seulement à partir de 2020. D'ici là, les entreprises vont continuer d'avancer.

La CSI a été lancée dans le cadre du Conseil mondial des entreprises pour le développement durable (WBCSD) avec trois entreprises en 2000. Aujourd'hui, nous sommes 24 membres [représentant environ 30 % des émissions du secteur, ndlr]. Nous avons d'abord élaboré un protocole commun de mesure des émissions ; nous avons décidé de faire auditer ces mesures et les rapporter à l'organisme, et nous avons pris des engagements sur notre niveau d'émissions. Grâce à leur performance, les membres de la CSI ont réduit leurs émissions annuelles d'un volume équivalent à deux fois celles émises par un pays comme la Suisse. Lafarge, pour sa part, les a diminuées entre 1990 et 2013 de 26 % par tonne de ciment produite dans le monde et notre objectif est de 33 % à l'horizon 2020. Cette initiative met donc en évidence les bénéfices de la mesure et des échanges et la dynamique de progrès qu'ils favorisent.

D'autres secteurs s'inspirent de cet exemple, dont la chimie ou les pneumatiques.

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Waste heat recovery in India's cement industry

International Cement Review, February 2015

Globally, the cement industry is responsible for generating as much as five per cent of all anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide. In India the cement industry accounts for about seven per cent of total CO2 emissions, two-thirds of which emanates from the calcination process. The India cement industry is affirmed as being among the world's most energy efficient with the lowest emissions. It is even now working on a roadmap guided by the CSI that envisages significant reductions in emissions in the longer term. While conceding that energy efficiency in the Indian cement industry is already high, this roadmap outlines targets and suggestions for the years leading to 2050 to enable to cut overall emissions by 45 per cent. The document broadly identifies waste heat recovery as one of the five major levers that could enable such a reduction. The other four comprise enhanced use of alternative fuels and raw materials, thermal and electrical energy efficiency, clinker substitution and adoption of newer technologies.

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HeidelbergCement India briefs local media about CSI activities

31 January 2015

HeidelbergCement India Ltd. organized an interactive session with media at its Damoh plant on 30 January 2015 .

Mr. SK Tiwari, Director Technical, and other senior colleagues from the Damoh plant apprised the media about the company's association with the WBCSD's CSI and also informed them about the initiatives undertaken by the company towards safety, environment conservation and under the Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at the Workplace (WASH) program which were well appreciated by all."

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Conserving nature’s foundations: biodiversity management plan guidance

International Cement Review, February 2015

At its 2014 Forum in Cartagena, the WBCSD's CSI launched new guidance for biodiversity management plans (BMPs), aiming to set a high standard of land stewardship, leading the way for companies engaging in similar activities to reach further in terms of commitment to addressing impacts on

The theme for the CSI Forum 2014 was 'Conserving nature's foundations: biodiversity & ecosystems'. The event showcased how effective biodiversity and ecosystems management can co-exist sustainably with successful business operations for cement producers. Participants included delegates from CSI members, speakers, government officials, trade associations and partners from conservation NGOs. The Forum provided an ideal platform to launch the CSI's BMP Guidance.

This BMP Guidance is a practical document developed for use at site level when companies are at the stage of creating biodiversity management plans. It was developed through consultation with a range of external experts. The CSI has been actively addressing biodiversity impacts for some years, developing tools and guidelines for members, as well as engaging in best-practice sharing and discussion of current and emerging biodiversity topics biodiversity.

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Sustainability and cement - addressing evolving challenges

International Cement Review, February 2015

The CSI outlines its role in tackling the key environmental and social challenges facing the global cement and concrete market.  The initiatite has come a long way since 2002, when the sector first united for its Agenda for Action, starting on a journey to understand and address sustainability issues.

We all know that concrete and its main constituent cement have important roles to play in delivering tomorrow's sustainable cities and infrastructures. But the industry also faces big challenges, in all three pillars of sustainability that the CSI continuously addresses.

Today, the CSI's ambitions have moved far beyond those of 2002. They now include improved management of biodiversity, water and other impacts in upstream quarrying activities at one end, and, at the other end, encouraging sustainable construction practices, supply chain management with products downstream. The CSI is often at the forefront where specific work is required to educate, inform and improve the industry's response to sustainability challenges. But CSI's past successes were achieved on its capacity to set up common methodologies and guidelines, aggregated accurate and reliable data and strong partnerships. On its journey towards sustainable development, the CSI undertakes actions to match the ambitious objectives it assigns itself, fully aware of stakeholders' expectations. CSI intends to maintain, accelerate and scale up its work plan to meet the evolving needs of the industry.

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