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Cementtech 2015 underway in Beijing, China

CemNet, 29 April 2015

The China International Cement Conference opened yesterday at the Hotel Nikko New Century Hotel in the Chinese capital Beijing, with sustainable development and over capacity remaining the pivotal theme for this 16th annual event.

An address by Ma Rong, Associate Counsel, Resources Conservation and Environmental Protection Department, NDRC, highlighted the importance of embracing available energy opportunities, stating the domestic industry should 'turn waste into a treasure to benefit the circular economy.'

Following on, Philippe Fonta, director of the CSI, thanked its five Chinese members for the environmental improvement made so far. He also underlined that 2015 is an important year for China and the world as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change‎ COP21 will be held in Paris, France, in December.

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In the spotlight: health and safety

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.

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Sharing cement industry perspectives for India's INDC development

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.

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Challenging mercury: emission limits and measures

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.

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Emissions monitoring and control training sessions held in India

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.

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Improving biodiversity management

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.

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Cementing a vision of sustainability

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.

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Cement companies walking the walk in sustainability

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.

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