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The ‘Paris Agreement’ on climate change modifies the business environment...

Global Cement, November 2016

The multilateral, legally-binding ‘Paris Agreement,’ adopted on 12 December 2015 at COP21,1 officially entered into force on 4 November 2016.2 This accelerated ratification process, a ‘first’ in United Nations history by being within one year, demonstrates a clear change in the Parties’ commitment, reflecting the urgency for all stakeholders to tackle climate change and its impacts.

Members of the CSI welcome this historic moment! The long-awaited agreement establishes a worldwide permanent regulatory framework that will enable the business community to scale up the implementation of low-carbon solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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CSI and cement leaders welcome the Paris Agreement's activation

4 November 2016

The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November. Members of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) welcomed the news as a key milestone in establishing a stable regulatory framework to enable the business community to scale up the implementation of low-carbon solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Resultados del Acuerdo de París (COP21) Oportunidades para el sector del cemento y hormigón

Cemento & Conreto magazine by FICEM-APCAC, October 2016

Luego de dos semanas de intensas deliberaciones, el pasado 12 de diciembre de 2015 concluyó la COP211 y se hizo entrega del Acuerdo de París, enviando al mundo una clara y esperada señal, y al mismo tiempo logrando poner en marcha un marco para la acción.

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EBRD helps to reduce carbon emissions from the Egyptian cement industry

The FINANCIAL, 27 September 2016

The Egyptian cement industry could reduce its CO2 emissions by 2030 by following new recommendations in a report from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). These recommendations have been published in the EBRD’s report: “Policy roadmap for a Low-Carbon Egyptian Cement Industry” which highlights the need for decisive and collaborative action by the industry’s stakeholders in order to achieve a reduction in CO₂ emissions.

The report was initiated by the EBRD, in cooperation with Egypt’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, the Chamber of Building Materials Industries/Cement Industry Association and the CSI of the WBCSD. 

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Addressing climate change

CemNet, 7 September 2016

Ahead of his presentation at Cemtech’s 25th Anniversary in Madrid, Bernard Mathieu, Head of Sustainable Development at LafargeHolcim, discusses the company’s performance and contribution in relation to CO2 reduction in the cement industry.

Q: The cement industry has come a long way since the Cement Sustainability Initiative was set up in 1999, including setting up a framework for measuring and reducing CO2 emissions, and supporting technology roadmaps which define future pathways to a low-carbon industry. How would you assess the achievements of the industry worldwide, and LafargeHolcim specifically, in reducing CO2 since 1999?

A: The Cement Sustainability Initiative has played a pioneering role over the last 15 years, primarily on two levels. Firstly, by defining and deploying a standardised protocol for the monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions in the sector. For many years member companies have been reporting their CO2 emissions in a reliable and comparable way and with external assurance of the figures by an external verifier. 

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Sustainability watchdog sets concrete production water accounting standards

Concrete Products, 11 July 2016

The CSI has capped a two-year effort to formalize accounting of water consumption and recycling in cement, concrete and aggregate production. The new 34-page Guidance on Good Practices for Water Accounting builds on Protocol for Water Reporting for the Cement Industry (2014) and Water Key Performance Indicators (2015).

Guidance offers recommendations and technical direction on measurement and making estimates for reliable water withdrawal, discharge and consumption accounting in concrete, cement and aggregate operations. Step-wise instructions, diagrams and formular present practical advice on how reporting requirements can be met, type of equipment needed, and how devices can be installed and maintained to ensure accurate water measurements. 

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IFC signs agreement to support Cement Technology Roadmap in Brazil

Global Cement, 27 June 2016

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed an agreement with the National Union of Cement Industry (SNIC) and the Brazilian Portland Cement Association (ABCP) to support the preparation of the Cement Technology Roadmap in Brazil. The project is being developed in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI). It will be technically coordinated by Professor José Goldemberg, a former Minister of Education and former Secretary of Science and Technology. 

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Water Accounting: Guidance now available for the cement sector

World Cement, 24 June 2016

To complete the trio of water-related resources developed by the CSI, the Guidance on Good Practices for Water Accounting has now been released.

The Protocol for Water Reporting for the Cement Industry published in 2014, specified what should be recorded as part of sustainable water management in the cement sector. The water KPIs agreed in 2015 formalised and confirmed the commitment amongst CSI member companies. Now, delving into greater technical detail, this Guidance documents the ‘how-to’ for water reporting in the sector. 

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