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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.