12 November 2013
Turkish cement producer Çimsa has become a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Cement Sustainability Initiative (WBCSD CSI). It is the first Turkish company to join. The CSI is in discussions with local trade associations regarding other potential partnerships in the country.
JOC Digital Media, 26 October 2013
Phillipe Fonta is the managing director of the Cement Sustainability Initiative, and he was recently in Vancouver promoting cement as an energy-efficient method of construction for current and future projects.
Fonta spoke to the Journal of Commerce about the efforts being made by the cement industry to reduce waste and recycle material, while at the same time producing product that is more energy-efficient than in past.
Fonta also explained that given the inevitability of climate change and the increasing regularity of extreme weather, cement provides the best protection possible against the elements and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
11 October 2013
The cement sector Global Water Tool (GWT) was launched at the Budapest Water Summit this week, with representatives from CSI member companies Holcim, Italcementi, Lafarge, Titan and Votorantim present to demonstrate the tool to summit participants. The GWT is a free resource, designed to help cement companies manage their water use more efficiently. Although the quantity of water used in cement production is less than in many business sectors, it is vital for operational purposes.
Global Cement, 10 October 2013
The 7th International VDZ Congress 2013, 'Process technology of cement manufacturing,' has successfully taken place in Duesseldorf, Germany, on 25 - 27 September, attracting around 600 delegates of whom around 250 were from outside Germany. The Congress - in English - takes place every four years and is regarded as one of the most prestigious cement technical conferences in the world.
Howard Klee spoke about the Cement Sustainability Initiative and stated that the initiative now has 24 member companies, covering 25% of global cement production, or 55% outside of China. Howard stated that the main objectives of the CSI include improving the cement industry's performance on climate impacts, employee safety, sustainability, water use and biodiversity. Co-processing and waste management are also now covered by the initiative. Four levers have been suggested to manage CO2 emissions from the cement industry, including the promotion of energy efficiency, alternative fuels use, clinker factor reduction and carbon capture and storage. On the safety side, incidents involving moving vehicles, falls from height, and being hit by moving machinery or objects are the main cases of injuries and fatalities in the cement industry, with continuing high fatality levels in the cement industry but even higher levels among contractors on cement plant sites. New action is being taken to address the cement industry's mercury emissions, with best available technology and best environmental approaches being developed. The CSI has also developed global guidelines for alternative fuels use, specifically excluding a variety of materials that local populations would object to, in order to help to retain the 'license to operate.' Action on biodiversity is ongoing in the global cement industry. Howard's organisation is encouraging concrete recycling, aiming towards 'zero landfill.' Howard Klee concluded, "The superior properties of concrete make it a superior construction and infrastructure material, but public perceptions differ from this standpoint."
Fort Mill Times, 3 October 2013
"Sustainability must stand on its own two feet," declared Solidia Technologies® CEO Tom Schuler during a panel presentation at the annual forum of the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI). CSI invited Schuler to speak on new sustainable technologies and the challenges of introducing innovation and to present Solidia's technology that reduces the carbon footprint of cement and concrete products up to 70 percent.
One of the largest sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single sector, CSI comprises 24 cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries representing 30 percent of the world's cement production. Held this week in Vancouver and co-hosted by HeidelbergCement, Lafarge, and the Cement Association of Canada, the 7th annual forum convened industry leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs and researchers to explore trends in building materials and facilitate adoption of sustainability elements in construction.Read article online
Concrete Products, 1 October 2013
Members of CAC and peers from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) are convening October 1-3 in British Columbia to exchange ideas on best production, environmental management and market development practices. CAC is a partner with CSI in the Vancouver gathering, themed "Sustainable Construction: Building Tomorrow's World" and hosted by the operators of the province's two cement mills, Heidelberg Cement and Lafarge Canada.
Indian Cement Review, September 2013
Co-processing of waste in cement plants is a service that the cement sector can provide to their plant's communities for their mutual benefit. CSI members manage co-processing fuels and raw materials in cement manufacturing in an efficient and responsible way.
In response to the escalating rate of waste production on the one hand and the rising resource demands from the cement manufacturing process on the other hand, cement companies around the world have been considering waste as a source of raw material and energy since the late 70's. The sector is now making a considerable and valuable contribution to the waste management system in many countries step by step. When and where waste material is available and cannot technically or economically be avoided, minimized, reused and / or recycled, cement manufacturing provides a more sustainable solution than landfill or dumping due to the full energy and material recovery in the process.Download the full article
World Cement, September 2013
The cement industry has an important part to play in reducing global carbon emissions and the CSI has been working to help drive this. The 'Getting the Numbers Right' (GNR) database was set up to gather reliable, up-to-date emissions data from the industry. Now in its seventh year, the latest data to be published provides evidence of significant CO2 emissions reductions and improved efficiency across the industry.
The GNR data collected provides evidence that steady progress has been made in the cement industry since 1990, with trends showing consistent yearly reductions in CO2 emissions per tonne of product. The latest data released for 2011 is no exception. According to the 2011 GNR data, the cement industry has reduced its emissions of CO2 per tonne of cementitious product by 17% since 1990, despite experiencing production growth in this time.
International Cement Review, August 2013
For the WBCSD's CSI, the number-one priority for all its 24 member companies is safety. Revised guidelines published in May 2013 on measuring and reporting aim to make the industry a safer place.
The CSI recently launched a revised version of "Safety in the Cement Industry: Guidelines for Measuring and Reporting" in May 2013, which evolved significantly from its first version in 2004 – this is the fourth edition of the guidelines. By further improving the accuracy of the occupational injury register, CSI member companies can work on a consistent basis to produce their safety performance reports. The common reporting platform enables members to track performance against consolidated CSI indicators to evaluate the progress of their individual programmes.
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Sustainability Outlook, 30 July 2013
Dalmia Cement is a member of the WBCSD's Cement Sustainability Initiative. Could you tell me something about the initiative and what inspired Dalmia Cement to be a part of it?
The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a global effort by 24 major cement producers across the world to work towards sustainable development. We enrolled last year in the CSI to support the global action on climate change and exemplified our commitment to sustainable development. We are the third company in India that joined the initiative. We have clear targets that we have to achieve to retain that membership going forward. We have to improve our sustainability commitments in terms of fuel consumption, power consumption and we have to declare those targets with the timelines publicly. Under CSI, we also report in the public domain in areas of climate change and carbon emission reduction targets.
Could you tell us something about the targets/goals for cement industry as proposed by the recently announced technology road map for low carbon growth pathways?
The technology roadmap for low carbon growth pathways was launched in January 2013. CSI has outlined the ways to achieve a low carbon pathway for the Indian cement industry. The target is to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2050. They have also road mapped the new technologies that will come to India to facilitate this in the near future. The way to go about achieving these targets could either come with increased use of blended cement, through increased energy efficiency, advanced technology and more use of alternative fuels.
We are also trying to maximize the use of fly ash because according to CSI we can use as much as 35% of it. We are already at 30 plus. As a company we produce 62% blended cement which is very close to the industry average. Going forward, we will put in our efforts to increase that percentage.