Media Coverage

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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Concrete ideas for reducing concrete waste

Sustainable City Network, 14 January 2015

Civil engineering researchers, sustainable construction advocates and innovators in the zero-waste movement are on the hunt for the most effective and efficient ways to use and reuse concrete.

The world is literally covered in concrete and with an annual production of 3 tons per person globally it is the second most consumed material on earth, after water. Its strength and durability are coveted by construction crews from New Zealand to Zimbabwe. But, it is also a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. That's why researchers and innovators are exploring "greening concrete," or reducing the amount of waste concrete on construction sites and encouraging money-saving methods to recycle concrete collected at demolition sites.

"Recycling or recovering concrete has two main advantages: (1) it reduces the use of new virgin aggregate and the associated environmental costs of exploitation and transportation, and (2) it reduces unnecessary landfill of valuable materials that can be recovered and redeployed," according to Philippe Fonta, the managing director of the CSI & TIP, at the WBCSD.

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La Cement sustainability iniziative (Csi) si e' riunita a Bergamo

Ingegneri.info, 12 December 2014

I.lab., il Centro ricerca e innovazione di Italcementi ha ospitato l'11 dicembre 2014 i produttori di cemento che aderiscono alla Cement sustainability iniziative (Csi) - tra cui Holcim, Lafarge, Cemex, Heidelberg, Titan - per l'annuale Csi Ceo Meeting, riunitosi sotto la copresidenza di Carlo Pesenti, Consigliere delegato di Italcementi Group, che dal novembre 2013 è nel suo mandato triennale alla guida della Cement sustainability initiative.

La Cement sustainability initiative (Csi), che opera nel quadro del World business council for sustainable development (Wbcsd), unisce 24 principali produttori di cemento con attività in oltre 100 paesi, impegnati nello sviluppo sostenibile nella convinzione che questo sia fortemente interconnesso con le finalità del settore.

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In discussion: Philippe Fonta, Cement Sustainability Initiative

Global Cement, 9 February 2015

Global Cement recently spoke with its Managing Director, Philippe Fonta about the CSI's Getting the Numbers Right (GNR) project, barriers to increased cement sector sustainability, the possible effects of sustained low energy prices and the likelihood of commercially-viable carbon capture and storage projects in the future.

The CSI is a voluntary CEO-led programme that aims to increase sustainability in the cement sector around the world. Its stated aims are to: Explore the meaning of sustainable development in the cement industry; Identify actions and steps that companies can take to improve their sustainability; Provide frameworks for the inclusion of new members and; Create content and context for further stakeholder engagement.

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