Media Coverage

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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Cemtech Europe 2014

CemNet, 16 October 2014

The stunning city of Istanbul, Turkey, played host to Cemtech Europe 2014 over 29 September - 1 October, attracting an audience of 320 delegates from 35 countries. Supported by the Turkish Cement Association, the event proved to be a major success with an expert conference programme, extensive networking opportunities, exquisite hospitality and an exclusive tour of Nuh Çimento's cement works all combining to deliver the ultimate conference experience in the heart of Turkey's historic capital.

Phillipe Fonta, managing director of the WBCSD's Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), was then welcomed on to the Cemtech stage to provide an analysis of the social and economic role played by the cement and concrete sectors in Europe. The CSI has decided to initiate and conduct a broad analysis of the externalities of both sectors, both in an environmental and social context to ensure the sector is at the forefront of sustainability thinking and actions. As a first step, the CSI members will collectively develop the scope, boundaries and timeline of this project to best accommodate the various available resources, and will present them for discussion and validation at the next CSI CEO meeting in December 2014.

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CSI publishes updated co-processing guidelines

World Cement, 29 September 2014

The WBCSD's CSI has published an updated version of its 'Guidelines for Co-Processing Fuels and Raw Materials in Cement Manufacturing'. The guidelines offer a technical overview of the main issues and principles regarding the responsible selection and use of fuels and raw materials. They have been updated to reflect the latest 'technological developments, the changing nature of alternative fuels and materials, and the evolution of stakeholder expectations in recent years, as well as to include the CSI members' collective expertise and experience in co-processing since the document's first publication in 2005'.

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CSI presents Biodiversity Management Plan Guidance

World Cement, 26 September 2014

At the CSI Forum 2014 held in Cartagena this month, Jim Rushworth, Co-Chair of the CSI Task Force 5 on Biodiversity & Land Stewardship, presented the Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) Guidance. The guidance presents the key issues and six crucial stages in biodiversity management, explains the connection between operations and healthy ecosystems and outlines some management approaches. It is aimed at environmental officers, managers of operations, quarry managers, as well as others who work with quarries and who have a focus on biodiversity, such as academics and NGOs. The BMP Guidance provides practical advice on the implementation of biodiversity into site-level management of quarries through the development of an appropriately focused management plan.

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Sector roadmap to manage energy performance and carbon emissions

Valor Economico, 12 September 2014

The Brazilian cement industry will be working on a rodamap to manage carbon dioxide emissions and energy efficiency in the coming 15 months.

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Argos is to host the CSI forum

World Cement, 10 September 2014

On 16 & 17 September, Argos will host the eighth annual forum of the CSI in the historic city of Cartagena, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the event, the presidents and some employees of the 20 largest cement companies in the Western world, with operations in more than 100 countries, will meet in order to discuss and propose initiatives around biodiversity, preservation and good practices associated with environmental conservation.

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