Following the global Cement Technology Roadmap in 2009 developed in a partnership between WBCSD CSI and the International Energy Agency (IEA), nine CSI members in India* again joined hands with IEA to develop a ‘Technology Roadmap: Low-Carbon Technology for the Indian Cement Industry’. The initiative in India is supported by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.
The India roadmap, launched in February 2013, outlines a low-carbon growth pathway for the Indian cement industry that could lead to carbon intensity reductions of 45% by 2050. It proposes that these reductions could come from increased clinker substitution and alternative fuel use; further improvements to energy efficiency, and the development & widespread implementation of newer technologies.
The roadmap is based on a set of technical papers developed by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Green Business Centre and National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB). These technical papers focus on existing and potential technologies available to the cement industry in India, which could lead to emissions reductions. The modeled results projected in the roadmap are a combination of information from these papers, and emissions data from about 65% of the India cement industry.
Throughout the process of developing the roadmap, stakeholder consultation was carried out to bring in varied perspectives on technology development and deployment, as well as views on policy and financing frameworks that would support technology implementation. A total of three specific stakeholder dialogues took place:
Technology Roadmap: Low-Carbon Technology for the Indian Cement Industry summary pull-out (IEA/WBCSD, February 2013)
As part of phase 2 of the project, a number of CSI member companies in India have commissioned studies to assess the potential and feasibility of implementing the technologies outlined in the technical papers. The announcement of this work can be read here. There are plans to disseminate the knowledge captured in the technical papers to a wider audience spanning the entire cement industry in India in order to scale up actions.
Against this backdrop, CSI, CII and NCB are organizing workshops funded by the CSI in India member companies for dissemination of the technical papers to the industry at large. The first of a series of workshops was conducted in Hyderabad on 7 March 2014 and the second in Mumbai on 19 March 2014. The two events saw participation of nearly 60 representatives from 20 major Indian cement companies. You can access presentations of the 2 meetings hosted on the CII website. Two separate sessions were conducted with technology providers and financial institutions on 20 March 2014 in Mumbai.
CSI members, joined by local policy-makers, took part in a roadmap-related session during the 8th Green Cementech, hosted by CII and the Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) in Hyderabad, India, on 24 & 25 May 2012. Presentations can be found here.
Subsequently, the Roadmap outcomes and findings related to specific levers have been presented at various conferences including the International Conference on Enhanced Usage of Alternate Fuels and Raw Materials (AFR): Co-processing in Cement Plants and the 13th NCB International Seminar among others.
* The Indian CSI members in the roadmap project, which together represent about 60% of the country's cement production are: ACC Ltd, Ambuja Cements, Dalmia Bharat Cement Ltd., HeidelbergCement India Ltd, Lafarge India Private Ltd, CRH India Management Services Pvt. Ltd-MHIL, Shree Cement, Shree Digvijay Cement Co Ltd – Votorantim Group, UltraTech Cement, Zuari Cement.