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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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I leader del cemento riuniti in favore della sostenibilità

non solo ambiente, 8 January 2015

Il cemento può essere sostenibile? I maggiori produttori mondiali ritengono di sì e continuano a confermare il proprio impegno in questa direzione. Lo scorso 11 dicembre, presso il Centro ricerca e innovazione di Italcementi I.lab, i 24 principali produttori di cemento che aderiscono alla CSI si sono riuniti per l'annuale Csi Ceo Meeting.

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Latin American cement industry confers in Santo Domingo at 31st FICEM

CemNet, 26 November 2014

The Hotel Occidental El Embajador in downtown Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was the meeting place for 345 delegates to the 31st FICEM Technical Conference on 8-11 September 2011. Attendees included 113 cement company personnel and 210 vendors. Philippe Fonta, managing director at the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) presented an overview of the “CSI responsible concrete sourcing scheme”.

Philippe Fonta gave an extended overview of the WBCSD CSI's activities and goals. Primarily a platform of cooperation among leading global cement companies on sustainable cement and concrete, member companies include Holcim, Lafarge, Cemex, Argos, Votorantim, Titan, HeidelbergCement, CRH, Italcementi, Siam City Group, Sinoma and Taiheiyo. The CSI also includes many “communication partners”,  trade associations such as PCA, CPCA, Cembureau, FICEM, JCA, ABCP, Oficemen, CCA, SNIC and CMA. CSI’s goals are “systemic approaches to deliver a more sustainable cement industry in the short and long term. A responsible sourcing scheme is a certification system that: 1) creates transparency on the production of concrete and concrete products regarding environmental and social aspects, 2) promotes responsible sourcing of concrete and 3) improves resource efficiency and social contribution(s) of concrete production, and fosters stakeholder engagement.”  CSI is developing cooperative arrangements with other “green” programmes. Fonta’s presentation ended with a question, “do you want to be involved?” asking the audience if they or their companies want to join the CSI.

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XXXI Technical Congress FICEM round-up

World Cement, 24 October 2014

On 8 - 11 September 2014, cement producers from Latin America and the Caribbean, industry experts, and technology and service providers from around the world gathered in Santo Domingo for the XXXI Technical Congress FICEM. Over the course of the event, the 345 delegates had the opportunity to catch up with the latest equipment developments and advances in engineering at an exhibition that brought together international suppliers for the worldwide cement industry.

The technical programme began with keynote presentations from international sustainability experts. Philippe Fonta, Managing Director of the WBCSD-CSI, outlined the CSI's Responsible Sourcing Scheme for the cement and concrete industry and the aims of the upcoming Concrete Sustainability Council.

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