Media Coverage

Addressing climate change

CemNet, 7 September 2016

Ahead of his presentation at Cemtech’s 25th Anniversary in Madrid, Bernard Mathieu, Head of Sustainable Development at LafargeHolcim, discusses the company’s performance and contribution in relation to CO2 reduction in the cement industry.

Q: The cement industry has come a long way since the Cement Sustainability Initiative was set up in 1999, including setting up a framework for measuring and reducing CO2 emissions, and supporting technology roadmaps which define future pathways to a low-carbon industry. How would you assess the achievements of the industry worldwide, and LafargeHolcim specifically, in reducing CO2 since 1999?

A: The Cement Sustainability Initiative has played a pioneering role over the last 15 years, primarily on two levels. Firstly, by defining and deploying a standardised protocol for the monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions in the sector. For many years member companies have been reporting their CO2 emissions in a reliable and comparable way and with external assurance of the figures by an external verifier. 

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Sustainability watchdog sets concrete production water accounting standards

Concrete Products, 11 July 2016

The CSI has capped a two-year effort to formalize accounting of water consumption and recycling in cement, concrete and aggregate production. The new 34-page Guidance on Good Practices for Water Accounting builds on Protocol for Water Reporting for the Cement Industry (2014) and Water Key Performance Indicators (2015).

Guidance offers recommendations and technical direction on measurement and making estimates for reliable water withdrawal, discharge and consumption accounting in concrete, cement and aggregate operations. Step-wise instructions, diagrams and formular present practical advice on how reporting requirements can be met, type of equipment needed, and how devices can be installed and maintained to ensure accurate water measurements. 

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IFC signs agreement to support Cement Technology Roadmap in Brazil

Global Cement, 27 June 2016

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed an agreement with the National Union of Cement Industry (SNIC) and the Brazilian Portland Cement Association (ABCP) to support the preparation of the Cement Technology Roadmap in Brazil. The project is being developed in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI). It will be technically coordinated by Professor José Goldemberg, a former Minister of Education and former Secretary of Science and Technology. 

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Water Accounting: Guidance now available for the cement sector

World Cement, 24 June 2016

To complete the trio of water-related resources developed by the CSI, the Guidance on Good Practices for Water Accounting has now been released.

The Protocol for Water Reporting for the Cement Industry published in 2014, specified what should be recorded as part of sustainable water management in the cement sector. The water KPIs agreed in 2015 formalised and confirmed the commitment amongst CSI member companies. Now, delving into greater technical detail, this Guidance documents the ‘how-to’ for water reporting in the sector. 

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EnviroCem Conference on Environmental Technology for Cement & Lime - Review 2016

Global Cement, May 2016

The third Global EnviroCem conference started with a presentation by Philippe Fonta of the CSI, speaking about the impact of the Paris Climate Change Agreement on the cement industry. The Paris Agreement aims at a comprehensive decarbonation of the worldwide economy by the end of the century. Adaptation and mitigation are considered at the same time as finance in the agreement, with a proposed new mode of international cooperation, including states and non-states (including businesses and NGOs). The legally-binding agreement will involve nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) for all countries (both developed and developing), financial and technological packages and an agenda of solutions.

Philippe suggested that cement will have a role in the future due to its ability to build robust structures that can resist harsher climatic conditions. The CSI has presented the Low Carbon Technology Partnership Initiative for the cement sector: a ‘statement of ambition’ by the CSI suggests that CO2 emissions may be reduced by 20-25% by 2030 compared to business as usual, if the use of alternative fuels is maximised, if the clinker ratio is reduced as far as possible and if new clinkers and cements are developed. In addition, enhanced energy efficiency in the cement manufacturing process and carbon capture and storage will be used to reduce emissions. If the Paris Agreement is finally ratified, very great changes are in store for the cement industry around the world.

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Investors can be convinced of future returns from green investments

World Cement, 4 May 2016

In recognition of Indian businesses vigorously joining the climate change battle, Mr. Mahendra Singhi, Group CEO of Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited was one of the two Indian industrialists showcased by the UN at the Paris Agreement signing events in New York on 22 April. 

Mr. Singh added specifically that cement companies around the world are encouraged to share good practices through the collaboration platform of the CSI. The Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) Cement report launched during the COP21 in Paris identifies a number of barriers to low-carbon technologies that are beyond the control of the cement sector; the CSI and its member companies are eager to collaborate with other actors, particularly governments and other policy makers, on the removal of these barriers.

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Tackling the climate challenge

World Cement, 2 May 2016

While the COP21 in Paris has given a remarkable push forward to climate change mitigation, the cement industry has been working for several decades to minimise its environmental footprint - with CO2-abatement being an absolute top-priority.

HeidelbergCement is one of the founding members of the CSI, one of the largest global sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single industry sector. Climate protection has been a key issue since the inception of the CSI – under the auspices of the WBCSD.

In 2009, the CSI developed a cement technology roadmap in collaboration with the International Energy Agency and the WBCSD. The roadmap identifies existing and potential technologies to achieve significant emissions reductions in the cement sector by 2050. It also guides the cement industry on its way to achieve substantial emissions reductions and likewise shows the value of collaboration and partnership between the key players of the industry. 

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Dalmia Cement resonates commitment to sustainability

India Infoline, 25 April 2016

Group CEO Dalmia Cement Bharat Mahendra Singhi was invited for a high-level interactive dialogue with other world leaders to action tackling climate change, share learnings from the Paris Agreement and talk about Dalmia Cement Bharat’s vision for creating a new, low carbon economy.

Singhi, also the co-chair of Cement Sustainability initiative (CSI) in India added “We are committed to sustainability and have partnered with Cement Sustainability initiative of World Business Council for Sustainable Development through which we are able to share the best practices for sustainability.” CSI facilitates low carbon technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a pollution free environment, aiding sustainability. 

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