Media Coverage

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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Safety in the cement and concrete industry

World Cement, 28 April 2014

Strict legislation, strong health and safety awareness and effective management systems are the key to providing a safe working environment where employees and their families can feel secure in the knowledge that they will return home unharmed at the end of each day.

In May 2013, the WBCSDs CSI published revised guidelines on measuring and reporting safety in the cement industry. The safety of workers has always been a priority for the industry, but the revised guidelines refocus efforts on eliminating fatalities in the workplace altogether. The CSI identified driver and contractor safety as high-risk areas. Fatalities in this area are most likely to happen while driving or operating mobile plant equipment and contractors are shown to be more at risk than employees or third parties.

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Integrating sustainability into business strategies through cooperation: the Cement Sustainability Initiative

Industrial Angles, May 2014

The CSI has adapted its global response to the different contexts in which its members operate. It has also adapted its membership and associated resources to ensure proper representation of the current and future cement and concrete market, with further development and expansion in fast growing countries like China and India.

"The CSI is a member-led voluntary initiative that aims at scaling up the actions of leading cement producers with regards to sustainability. This is done through legally-agreed cooperation and best practice sharing among the CSI members and beyond; partnerships with various organizations are concluded when appropriate and the outcome of the CSI work is published and available for all, on the web."

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Current schemes for the determination of CO2

World Cement, 20 May 2014

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has recently published a draft standard for the determination of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources in energy-intensive industries. It includes a cement-specific part that is based on the Cement CO2 and Energy Protocol of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI Protocol), which is now available in version 3.1. More than 960 cement plants worldwide use the CSI Protocol for monitoring their CO2 emissions and also their energy consumption. Cement plants located in the EU additionally have to report their annual CO2 emissions within the framework of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), phase III of which started in 2013.

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6th Brazilian Congress of Cement

Fator Brasil, 14 May 2014

The 6th Brazilian Congress of Cement happening from 19 to 21 May in São Paulo, Brazil will bring together renowned professionals from Europe, the U.S. and Brazil to discuss global trends and major themes of the cement industry.

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Environmental Product Declarations for concrete

World Cement, May 2014

Talking about the CSI’s latest work is important step forward in Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for concrete. Historically, the impact of construction and infrastructure developments on the environment has been measured primarily by assessing the embodied carbon of the building or project. As the wider environmental bearing of what society manufactures, constructs and consumes has become better understood, a more comprehensive means of assessing the overall effect has become important.

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Collaborating to bring about change

Process India, April 2014

Technological advancements are not new to the current phase of increasing efficiency and sustainability. Managing Director – Business Applications, Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), Philippe Fonta, talks candidly on the various aspects of increasing cement sustainability at a global scale and the specific roadmap that has been developed for India.

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