Media Coverage

Bigger climate action emerging in cement industry

UNFCCC newsroom, 26 October 2017

The global cement industry is taking increasing climate action, encouraged by changes in policy, technology and new opportunities to raise profits and cut costs through reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

To keep pace with a changing world, innovation and investments into new technologies for low carbon, energy efficient cement plants are needed.

So, while the current climate change challenge for the cement industry may seem to pose a threat to the long-term viability of the sector, it certainly presents a defining moment for the industry to lay the foundation for a low carbon future for everyone.

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Hoja de ruta de la tecnología de bajo carbon: Traduciendo la responsabilidad climática en acción

Cemento & Conreto magazine by FICEM, issue #4 2017

A fin de encontrar el camino más eficaz hacia el logro de un objetivo, incluso si este objetivo es muy ambicioso y lejano en el futuro, lo mejor es desarrollar una hoja de ruta, en asociación con las partes interesadas y definir los hitos clave que pavimentarán la Camino de esta hoja de ruta. Estos hitos consisten en la disponibilidad e implementación de las soluciones identificadas, el apoyo regulatorio y financiero, la aceptación por parte de la sociedad civil.

Este es precisamente el proceso que CSI lleva a cabo en lo que respecta a su hoja de ruta tecnológica mundial de bajas emisiones de carbono, para lo cual en 2017 se llevará a cabo una revisión del 2009, a la luz de las últimas tecnologías conocidas y su impacto en la implementación.

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Cementos Progreso joins CSI as an affiliate member

4 September 2017

Guatemala‘s Cementos Progreso has joined the CSI as its first affiliate member. The new membership level was created by the CSI to expand its membership and provide an interim approach to joining the scheme. Affiliate members will be expected to achieve full membership within a three-year timescale.

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Lafarge Canada plants log premier Responsibly Sourced Concrete certificates

Concrete Products, 26 June 2017

Lafarge Canada’s Burlington, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, operations have obtained Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) bronze level certificates for Responsibly Sourced Concrete, indicating clear chain of custody for materials, zero waste water discharge attainment due to high recycled water use, plus strong health and safety programs.

The Responsible Sourcing System for Concrete has been developed by the CSC—a companion of the World Council for Sustainable Business Development’s Cement Sustainability Initiative—together with a group of industry and certification institute representatives. The system is designed to provide transparency on the environmental, social and economic responsibility of concrete, cement and aggregate companies’ operations and their supply chains.

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CSI and ECRA publishes new technology papers

20 June 2017

The CSI and ECRA have released their new "CSI/ECRA Technology Papers 2017" to update the perspective of available technologies for CO2 abatement and energy efficiency in the cement sector. The publication analyses existing and future technologies with potential to increase energy efficiency and decrease CO2 emissions in cement production, and also analyses their costs in typical future cement plants, conditions and expected development.

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First Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) Certificates awarded...

Global Cement, June 2017

11 April 2017 marked a significant landmark for the concrete industry with the first certificates for the international Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) responsible sourcing system being awarded during ‘Building Holland’ one of the major trade fairs for building, renovation and redevelopment in the Netherlands. The Certificates have been issued following an in-depth independent audit process by Kiwa, SGS and SKG-IKOB.

These are the first visible achievements of a process that started several years ago, initiated by the CSI. Although the first CSI Agenda for Action was only focused on the impact of the cement plant and its manufacturing process, the CSI has been addressing the issue for several years. In 2009, CSI published an assessment of best practices to recycle concrete around the world.

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Committed to responsibly-sourced concrete

CemNet, June 2017

Probably the one development that has shaped our industry more than anything else over the last decade or so (and will most likely continue to do so), is how the concept of sustainability is becoming increasingly mainstream. How does a company prove that it and its supply chain respect a recognised set of standards of responsible sourcing?

To respond to this question and provide a credible endorsement for sustainable operations, a number of companies and associations under the leadership of the CSI, a sector project within the WBCSD, started the development of a new certification targeted to our sector. This project has now evolved into an independent entity under the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) branding. 

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