Delhi, 25 February 2013
IEA and WBCSD announced technology roadmap outlining low-carbon growth pathways for the Indian cement industry that could lead to carbon intensity reductions of 45% by 2050. It proposes that these reductions could come from increased clinker substitution and alternative fuel use; further improvements to energy efficiency, and the development & widespread implementation of newer technologies.
The cement industry will have a major role to play in India’s aspiration to build world class infrastructure. As the government takes steps to focus on this aspect, demand for cement is slated to go up. Acknowledging its responsibility in answering to these demands and at the same time, reduce its carbon footprint, the cement industry has been working closely with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Green Business Centre and the National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB) to develop a technology roadmap that can potentially its carbon emissions by nearly half by the middle of the century.
At the official launch on 25 Feb, Philippe Fonta, WBCSD CSI Managing Director said:“CSI member companies in India are able, thanks for IFC support, to scale up the implementation of low-carbon solutions in their own plants and across the cement industry more broadly. This will help ensure that leading companies in the CSI can continue to provide the growing volumes of cement required from the Indian market, and do this in a low-carbon and energy efficient manner.”
The vision laid out in the roadmap is achievable; however the targeted reductions are ambitious. Stakeholders’ support is one of the crucial key realize this vision, government and industry must join hands to take collaborative, decisive actions in creating an investment climate that will stimulate the scale-up of financing required.
Going forward, International Finance Corporation (IFC) will also support CSI member companies in India to undertake a resource efficiency assessment at their manufacturing facility to examine the feasibility of implementation of these technologies. You can read about the latest development of this project at www.wbcsdcement.org/india-tech-roadmap.
This roadmap was developed building on the success of the global roadmap published in 2009, which was the first report of its kind to provide an ambitious vision for carbon emissions reduction for one industry sector as a whole, up to 2050. The project has been well-received in India and internationally as an important step in reducing emissions while maintaining pace for the rapid cement demand increases forecast in India.