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CemNet, 26 November 2014

The Hotel Occidental El Embajador in downtown Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was the meeting place for 345 delegates to the 31st FICEM Technical Conference on 8-11 September 2011. Attendees included 113 cement company personnel and 210 vendors. Philippe Fonta, managing director at the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) presented an overview of the “CSI responsible concrete sourcing scheme”.

Philippe Fonta gave an extended overview of the WBCSD CSI's activities and goals. Primarily a platform of cooperation among leading global cement companies on sustainable cement and concrete, member companies include Holcim, Lafarge, Cemex, Argos, Votorantim, Titan, HeidelbergCement, CRH, Italcementi, Siam City Group, Sinoma and Taiheiyo. The CSI also includes many “communication partners”,  trade associations such as PCA, CPCA, Cembureau, FICEM, JCA, ABCP, Oficemen, CCA, SNIC and CMA. CSI’s goals are “systemic approaches to deliver a more sustainable cement industry in the short and long term. A responsible sourcing scheme is a certification system that: 1) creates transparency on the production of concrete and concrete products regarding environmental and social aspects, 2) promotes responsible sourcing of concrete and 3) improves resource efficiency and social contribution(s) of concrete production, and fosters stakeholder engagement.”  CSI is developing cooperative arrangements with other “green” programmes. Fonta’s presentation ended with a question, “do you want to be involved?” asking the audience if they or their companies want to join the CSI.

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World Cement, 24 October 2014

On 8 - 11 September 2014, cement producers from Latin America and the Caribbean, industry experts, and technology and service providers from around the world gathered in Santo Domingo for the XXXI Technical Congress FICEM. Over the course of the event, the 345 delegates had the opportunity to catch up with the latest equipment developments and advances in engineering at an exhibition that brought together international suppliers for the worldwide cement industry.

The technical programme began with keynote presentations from international sustainability experts. Philippe Fonta, Managing Director of the WBCSD-CSI, outlined the CSI's Responsible Sourcing Scheme for the cement and concrete industry and the aims of the upcoming Concrete Sustainability Council.

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CemNet, 16 October 2014

The stunning city of Istanbul, Turkey, played host to Cemtech Europe 2014 over 29 September - 1 October, attracting an audience of 320 delegates from 35 countries. Supported by the Turkish Cement Association, the event proved to be a major success with an expert conference programme, extensive networking opportunities, exquisite hospitality and an exclusive tour of Nuh Çimento's cement works all combining to deliver the ultimate conference experience in the heart of Turkey's historic capital.

Phillipe Fonta, managing director of the WBCSD's Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), was then welcomed on to the Cemtech stage to provide an analysis of the social and economic role played by the cement and concrete sectors in Europe. The CSI has decided to initiate and conduct a broad analysis of the externalities of both sectors, both in an environmental and social context to ensure the sector is at the forefront of sustainability thinking and actions. As a first step, the CSI members will collectively develop the scope, boundaries and timeline of this project to best accommodate the various available resources, and will present them for discussion and validation at the next CSI CEO meeting in December 2014.

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World Cement, 29 September 2014

The WBCSD's CSI has published an updated version of its 'Guidelines for Co-Processing Fuels and Raw Materials in Cement Manufacturing'. The guidelines offer a technical overview of the main issues and principles regarding the responsible selection and use of fuels and raw materials. They have been updated to reflect the latest 'technological developments, the changing nature of alternative fuels and materials, and the evolution of stakeholder expectations in recent years, as well as to include the CSI members' collective expertise and experience in co-processing since the document's first publication in 2005'.

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World Cement, 26 September 2014

At the CSI Forum 2014 held in Cartagena this month, Jim Rushworth, Co-Chair of the CSI Task Force 5 on Biodiversity & Land Stewardship, presented the Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) Guidance. The guidance presents the key issues and six crucial stages in biodiversity management, explains the connection between operations and healthy ecosystems and outlines some management approaches. It is aimed at environmental officers, managers of operations, quarry managers, as well as others who work with quarries and who have a focus on biodiversity, such as academics and NGOs. The BMP Guidance provides practical advice on the implementation of biodiversity into site-level management of quarries through the development of an appropriately focused management plan.

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Valor Economico, 12 September 2014

The Brazilian cement industry will be working on a rodamap to manage carbon dioxide emissions and energy efficiency in the coming 15 months.

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World Cement, 10 September 2014

On 16 & 17 September, Argos will host the eighth annual forum of the CSI in the historic city of Cartagena, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the event, the presidents and some employees of the 20 largest cement companies in the Western world, with operations in more than 100 countries, will meet in order to discuss and propose initiatives around biodiversity, preservation and good practices associated with environmental conservation.

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Cemento & Conreto magazine by FICEM-APCAC, September 2014

Nowadays, the world expects business not only to manage its own sustainability issues, but to help society manage wider issues. In order to leverage the power of business to solve global problems, companies need to work individually but also collectively with peers to continuously create and provide business solutions which are impactful, measurable, scalable and beyond business-as-usual.

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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

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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.

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