Media Coverage

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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The CSI embarks on a new challenge...

Global Cement, February 2017

On 13 - 14 December 2016 in Madrid, the CSI held its Annual Forum on the theme of Climate Change (mitigation and adaptation) to openly discuss, both internally and with key external experts from the regulatory and financial domains, the challenges and opportunities created by the implementation of the Paris agreement for the sector.

Hosted by Cemex and CRH, two of the founding members of the CSI, this Forum was the 10th of its kind and it also coincided with the 10th annual reporting exercise of CO2 emissions for the Getting the Numbers Right (GNR) database, the most comprehensive database on energy and CO2 emissions produced by any industrial sector. CSI members identified that these two anniversaries provided an ideal opportunity to undertake a strategic reflection of the CSI achievements, structures, commitments and future direction.

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Global cement group spawns concrete twin, responsible sourcing certification

Concrete Products, 24 January 2017

The WBCSD's CSI, along with partners from the Americas, Europe and Asia, has launched a responsible sourcing certification system for concrete.

A CSI counterpart chartered in November 2016, the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) is crafting the system to help concrete, cement and aggregate companies gain insight in the level to which they operate in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way. CSC certification covers raw material sourcing, provenance and production, plus economical, social and environmental impacts.

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The “Paris Agreement” on climate change: An opportunity for cement sector to further reduce its CO2 emissions

AUCBM's Quarterly Cement and Building Materials Review, December 2016

Clearly there is a world “Before Paris” and a world “After Paris”.

The Paris agreement has now entered into force, faster than any similar UN treaty, agreement or protocol. But more importantly, it is supported by the most progressive stakeholders of the business economy who have understood that the interest for working on climate change mitigation and adaptation makes also good business sense. CSI will continue scaling-up its activities through its collaborative platform, partnering with the sector’s various trade and industry associations and expanding the coverage of its activities through additional members and the enhanced deployment if its tools.

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