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CSI and ECRA publishes new technology papers

20 June 2017

The CSI and ECRA have released their new "CSI/ECRA Technology Papers 2017" to update the perspective of available technologies for CO2 abatement and energy efficiency in the cement sector. The publication analyses existing and future technologies with potential to increase energy efficiency and decrease CO2 emissions in cement production, and also analyses their costs in typical future cement plants, conditions and expected development.

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First Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) Certificates awarded...

Global Cement, June 2017

11 April 2017 marked a significant landmark for the concrete industry with the first certificates for the international Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) responsible sourcing system being awarded during ‘Building Holland’ one of the major trade fairs for building, renovation and redevelopment in the Netherlands. The Certificates have been issued following an in-depth independent audit process by Kiwa, SGS and SKG-IKOB.

These are the first visible achievements of a process that started several years ago, initiated by the CSI. Although the first CSI Agenda for Action was only focused on the impact of the cement plant and its manufacturing process, the CSI has been addressing the issue for several years. In 2009, CSI published an assessment of best practices to recycle concrete around the world.

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Committed to responsibly-sourced concrete

CemNet, June 2017

Probably the one development that has shaped our industry more than anything else over the last decade or so (and will most likely continue to do so), is how the concept of sustainability is becoming increasingly mainstream. How does a company prove that it and its supply chain respect a recognised set of standards of responsible sourcing?

To respond to this question and provide a credible endorsement for sustainable operations, a number of companies and associations under the leadership of the CSI, a sector project within the WBCSD, started the development of a new certification targeted to our sector. This project has now evolved into an independent entity under the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) branding. 

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Steel growth: making sustainability a driver of competitiveness

The Huffington Post, June 2017

A Steel Sustainability Initiative (SSI) would bring steel companies together to work on business-driven solutions to issues like increasing recycling-based production models, renewable energy commitments and building the business case for steel’s role in the green infrastructure of the 21st century. A successful example of such a platform has been developed by the cement industry. The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), convened by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, is a global effort by 18 leading cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries. Collectively, these companies account for about 30% of the world’s cement production. Over its 10-year history, the CSI has focused understanding, managing and minimizing the impacts of cement production and use by addressing a range of issues, including: climate change, fuel use, employee safety, airborne emissions, concrete recycling and quarry management.

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CK Birla Group flagship Orient Cement becomes a member of the CSI

24 April 2017

Orient Cement Limited, a part of the diversified CK Birla Group, announced that it has joined the Cement Sustainability Initiative, a voluntary CEO-led business initiative operating under the umbrella of World Business Council for Sustainable Development and a global effort by major cement producers towards sustainable development.

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Concrete Sustainability Council announces its first Regional System Operator

10 April 2017

The first certificates for Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) responsible sourcing were awarded during Building Holland, one of the major trade fairs for building, renovation and redevelopment in The Netherlands.

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Ensuring your supply chain is sustainable and ethical

Raconteur, 23 February 2017

Sustainability has become increasingly important to the business community and companies looking to become more sustainable soon turn their attention to supply chains. Issues companies need to tackle include climate change, resource scarcity, water availability, labour conditions and modern slavery.

“The imperative to manage supply chain risk has never been higher,” says Geoff Lane, a supply chain sustainability expert at consultancy PwC. “We are seeing a step change in interest for two reasons. It is becoming evermore important for any company with a brand to protect – if something goes wrong in the supply chain, it is going to come back and bite you. And the operational risk is increasing too, in relation to access or availability of raw materials..

Initiatives range from sharing logistics operations to industry co-operation through schemes such as the Cement Sustainability Initiative, Better Cotton and the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil. Mr Sayce concludes: “The more companies that share this information, the easier it becomes.”

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Why the EU cement industry opposes an import inclusion scheme

Carbon Pulse, 7 February 2017

From the very start of the EU ETS, all energy intensive industries, including the cement industry, have emphasised that climate change is a global problem that needs to be tackled at an international level. In the absence of an international agreement with equivalent obligations on operators around the world, the industry has always insisted upon a global level playing field. The suggestion to study and assess a border adjustment mechanism was one of several tools proposed to address the risk of carbon leakage. Such a mechanism could operate either in addition to free allowances or, as free allowances are considered to be transitional in nature, as a potential alternative in the long run.

CEMBUREAU is prepared to continue to discuss how to best achieve the objectives of the EU Emission Trading Directive. The allegation that the EU has the highest share of old installations worldwide is not substantiated as whilst the ‘Getting the Numbers Right’ (GNR) data for the EU covers close to 100% of EU plants (those of CSI member companies as well as non-CSI companies reporting to GNR through CEMBUREAU coordination) this is not the case for other jurisdictions, where it is mainly the best performing plants which are contributing to the GNR data collection (the ones of companies belonging to CSI only). GNR data shows that Europe is still the world leader in CO2 efficiency.  It also uses the highest level of alternative fuels (41% of all fuel needs) globally and places a strong focus on innovation and breakthrough technology.

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