Hyderabad, May 30 : Indian cement industry has committed to reduce its carbon footprint by 45 per cent by 2050, National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCCBM) Director General Dr B N Mohapatra , said here on Thursday.
Addressing at the 15th Green Cementech 2019, an annual conference for the cement industry being organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA) , here, Mr Mohapatra, underlined the need for more conservation of energy and increased use of clean and renewable energy in the cement industry, as it is the most energy-intensive industry in the world.
Responsible manufacturing of cement, which involves reducing the carbon footprint of the sector, is the need of the hour, Mr Mohapatra said, the cement industry in India is expected to grow by leaps and bound over the next few years.
CMA President and Dalmia Cement (Bharat) limited Managing Director and CEO, Mahendra Singhi, said that the cement industry stakeholders should come together in reaching out to the public and the government to highlight the significant contribution of the cement sector to India’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, the Indian cement industry has adopted more than 700 villages for improving education, healthcare, sanitation, water supply and green cover; created green belts around cement plants through forestry; financed 25 colleges, and established 225 primary and secondary schools, Mr Singhi underlined.
He also encouraged industry stakeholders to take up more initiatives with State Governments to continue the good work on creating solutions for the betterment of citizens, the industry, and the environment.
Green Cementech Chairman and ACC Limited Chief Manufacturing Officer , Philip Mathew, said it is important to note that concrete cement is the second most used compound material in the world, next only to water.
Cement is increasingly being seen as unsustainable and an environmental concern, which makes it imperative for the industry to work on green cement technology solutions, he said more than 1 million tonnes of coal has been conserved over the years by sustainable cement production practices in the Indian cement industry.
Mr Mathew asserted that conservation of non-renewable sources of energy is the only way forward. Cement industry stakeholders must think about future challenges and the opportunities that can arise out of them, such as the inevitable challenge of government restrictions on landfilling of waste and the potential opportunity of recycling humongous piles of waste, he added.
Conference Co-Chairman and ACC limited Director (Energy and Environment) K N Rao, said that the Indian cement sector is the fuel driving the growth of the Indian economy. Cement is subjected to the highest GST slab, and this is a major impediment to growth, Mr Rao added.
He said india has captive power plants with about 55 GW capacity, 60 percent of which is coal-based, and therefore, there is a huge potential for promoting clean and renewable energy technologies for the captive power plants, he added.
Two publications- Cement Formulae Handbook (Ver 3.0) and ‘Energy Benchmarking for Indian Cement Industry (Ver 4.0) were released at the inaugural session.For their greening efforts, JK Lakshmi Cement and Orient Cement were awarded GreenPro (Green Product) certification and ACC Bargargh Cement Works was awarded GreenCo (Green Company) Rating at the conference. (UNI)