Media Coverage

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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Multiplier through partnership

Cemento & Conreto magazine by FICEM, September 2014

Nowadays, the world expects business not only to manage its own sustainability issues, but to help society manage wider issues. In order to leverage the power of business to solve global problems, companies need to work individually but also collectively with peers to continuously create and provide business solutions which are impactful, measurable, scalable and beyond business-as-usual.

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New biodiversity management guide launched for the cement and aggregates industry

World Cement, 22 July 2014

International Union for Conservation of Nature has launched a new guide to encourage companies to responsibly manage biodiversity throughout their operations. The guide, 'Integrated Biodiversity Management System' (IBMS), was developed over four years by an independent panel of biodiversity and ecosystem experts in consultation with industry practitioners and other stakeholders. Following numerous visits to quarries in several countries, including Spain, Belgium and China, the panel created a procedure for adopting a systematic approach to safeguarding biodiversity on cement and aggregate landholdings.

The development of the IBMS is supported by and will be disseminated in collaboration with: the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI); CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association; FICEM, the Inter-American Cement Federation; and UEPG, the European Aggregates Association

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WBCSD CSI to carry out externalities study for cement and concrete

World Cement, 17 July 2014

On the basis of robust data, models and evaluation tools that its members have been collectively developing over years, the WBCSD's CSI has now decided to initiate and conduct a broad analysis of the externalities (impacts and benefits) of the cement and concrete sector.

The CSI recognises that in an increasingly urbanised population, concrete and cement will continue to play a vital part in our daily lives, through many diverse applications and usages. At the same time, the CSI believes that it is essential to properly measure the positive and negative externalities of cement and concrete.

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Sustainability priorities of the cement industry in India

Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, March 2014

India is one of the most important regions for the cement industry around the world, second only to China in terms of installed capacity. At the same time, the country is enhancing continuously its sustainability performance.

Being one of the most energy efficient performers amongst cement producers in the world, the thermal efficiencies of Indian cement producers are driven by new plants with latest technologies and the zeal of companies to build the most efficient plants in the world. This is an industry which does not believe in resting on its laurels, but rather continues to relentlessly seek out newer, better and breakthrough technologies to further improve their performance.

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Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI): A sectoral approach to sustainable development

CMA Journal, April to June 2014

The global CSI work programme covers the key sustainability challenges faced by the industry in its complete value chain. The programme in India, focuses currently on two of the challenges, vis. safety and climate change. The working group on safety is tasked with improving contractor and logistics safety and undertakes various initiatives to address these issues. On the climate change front, the member companies in India are working on various low carbon strategies.

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