World Cement, 17 April 2015
The cement and lime industry requires meticulous planning when it comes to operational risk management, particularly in safety. Ensuring safety for employees and contractors remains one of the most important issues for an industry that can involve exposure to multiple hazards at any given time. Although health and safety is heavily regulated in most western nations, until very recently standardisation has been lacking, especially in the all-important area of reporting standards for employee health and safety. The WBCSD's CSI has now published a report that will allow a common platform for reporting industry-wide figures in order to compare the cement industry against others and to have proper benchmarking.
This is a step in the right direction for the cement industry. Quality standards and benchmarking that go beyond regulatory compliance are crucial for good progressive safety management. That said, there are still major companies out their struggling to comply.
World Cement, 16 April 2015
At the stakeholder consultation workshop organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), India's Cement Manufactures' Association (CMA), the apex cement industry body in the country, and the CSI joined to present the cement sector's perspective on the development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for India.
World Cement, 13 April 2015
Within the process of implementing the Minamata Convention on a UN level, technical guidelines regarding BAT/BEP (Best Environmental Procedures) in relevant industry sectors are currently being developed. These guidelines aim at supporting governments, especially of developing/emerging countries, to later implement the Convention into national legislation. The draft guideline for the cement industry describes all known abatement techniques as well as monitoring/measurement techniques. The cement industry – represented by the CSI – is closely following the process. A major concern is that the assessment of the technologies does not sufficiently consider technical availability, industrial experiences and economic aspects. According to the guideline, the first measure is a careful selection of all input materials to the cement production process: while the composition of natural raw materials can hardly be influenced, a proper control of mercury contents in the alternative raw materials and fuels used is recommended.
World Cement, 10 April 2015
The CSI organised three sessions on air emissions monitoring and control for its ten members in India. The events were hosted by Dalmia Cement, ACC and UltraTech Cement. More than 100 environmental, process and technical employees from the cement companies took part in the training sessions. These were conducted by senior cement professionals, as well as experts from OEMs such as Alstom, Chemtrol, Environment SA and Ion Filtra.
World Cement, 30 March 2015
The environmental impacts of extractive activities are well known – although not necessarily fully understood – by stakeholders. As a consequence, proper land management and stewardship, quarry rehabilitation and biodiversity have always been key focal points for cement manufacturers and quarry operators.
The 23 members of the WBCSD's CSI have operations in over 100 countries, so they are very familiar and well-versed in many aspects of land stewardship.
The Hindu Business Line, 8 March 2015
Philippe Fonta, Managing Director, CSI, was in Bengaluru recently to chair the CSI’s Safety Working Group in India, for the year 2014 -15. He spoke to BusinessLine and shared global best practices and where India stands in the world order among cement producers.
5 March 2015
Released today, the results from an independent audit undertaken across the membership of the CSI of the WBCSD demonstrate that leading cement companies are improving their sustainability through the CSI collaborative approach.
World Cement, 5 March 2015
Cimenterie Nationale of Lebanon has joined the WBCSD's CSI. The company, founded in 1953, produces more than 2.6 million tpy of cement and directly employs more than 550 people and provides indirect employment for 1,000 people.
Joining the CSI is an indication of the company's commitment to the pursuance of sustainable development within the cement industry and beyond. Cimenterie Nationale prides itself on promoting a culture of trust and respect in its team, and providing a healthy and stimulating work environment that enhances personal development. The guiding principle is to conduct business with integrity, care for the environment, and social responsibility for the communities in which it operates.
World Cement, 24 February 2015
A roundtable with Philippe Fonta, Managing Director of the WBCSD CSI took place yesterday. Organised by the Dalmia Bharat Group, the roundtable included representatives of CSI's member companies in India. At the event, Mr Fonta delivered a presentation on the responsibilities and challenges facing the cement sector, and the CSI's role in sustainable development. He also discussed issues such as safety, low carbon technology, energy efficiency and alternative fuel utilisation, before outlining the progress made by the CSI in India thus far and a roadmap for future development.
18 February 2015
Leveraging the latest technology, most cement manufacturing plants in India consume less energy and emit less carbon-di-oxide than their European and American counterparts, said the CSI.
An initiative of the WBCSD, the CSI is a 23-member organisation including nine Indian cement firms. CSI members produce two-thirds of the world's cement and 60 per cent in India.
"Member companies from India are more efficient. They emit less carbon-di-oxide than the firms in Europe and the US. Their energy consumption is also less," said CSI's Managing Director Philippe Fonta in a media interaction here.