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Cement units urged to develop, adopt latest environment friendly technologies

The cement manufacturers have been urged to develop & absorb latest technologies to play a key role in the sustainable development of the country.
The Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Busi Sam Bob, IAS, mentioned this to the cement manufacturers while delivering the keynote address at the inaugural session of the two-day 5th Green Cementech 2009, here on Thursday. It's being organised by the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre (CII-Godrej GBC). The theme of Green Cementech 2009 is: "Make Indian Cement Plants World Class in Green."

Mr Sam Bob called on the Cement Manufacturers' Association (CMA) to play a greater role in enlightening and mobilizing cement manufacturers across the country in adopting energy efficient and environment friendly technologies.

"India is the second largest producer of cement in the world, and Andhra Pradesh is the leader in cement manufacturing in the country. Hence, the CMA has a greater role to play in the state," he expressed, and hoped that the CMA would rise to the occasion.

At the inaugural session, Mr Sam Bob released the service brochure on "Green House Gas Emission Inventorisation,"-- a unique initiative of the CII-Godrej GBC, aimed at facilitating inventorisation of GHG emissions in all cement manufacturing facilities across the country, and complimented the CII-Godrej GBC for coming up with this programme.

The inventorisation includes putting in place the GHG inventory of the cement plant, establishing specific GHG emissions per ton of clinker/cement, and identifying & implementing opportunities for reducing the GHG intensity.

Earlier, in his special address, Mr N A Viswanathan, Secretary General, Cement Manufacturers' Association (CMA), mentioned that Indian cement industry is very advanced in energy efficiency. In spite of being the second largest producer of cement in the world, the per capita consumption of cement in India is far lower than global levels. He also reiterated CMA's total commitment towards reducing global warming and protecting environment. "CMA has always been in the forefront, playing a pioneering and pivotal role in facilitating and enabling the sector achieve the world-class status in energy efficiency, pollution control, waste recycling, and GHG emission norms," he said.

He, however, pointed that certain factors, a majority of which are beyond the control of cement manufacturers, are impeding the cement industry from being completely "Green." They include difficulty in sourcing indigenous coal, treating industrial wastes such as fly ash and blast furnace slag (in violation of `polluter pays' principle), and difficulty in hassle-free sourcing and recycling of hazardous combustibles.

Notwithstanding these challenges, the CMA would do everything possible for turning the cement industry into fully "green," in association and co-operation with CII-Godrej GBC.

Mr D V Manohar, Past Chairman, CII-AP, said in his welcome address that the CII-Godrej GBC has vision of turning India into a global leader in Green Business in 2015, and briefed the delegates on the "Mission on Sustainable Growth" (MSG) initiative of the Centre.

"The country faces a big challenge of achieving higher growth rate to emerge a global super power by 2020 with very optimal use of resources leading to better emission standards," he said, adding that the CII-Godrej GBC intends to identify strategies and develop specific action plans for the industries, such as cement, improve on their resource utilization.

Mr S Raghupathy, Senior Director & Head, CII-Godrej GBC, proposed the vote of thanks.

The two-day 5th edition of Green Cementech 2009 is being attended by over 180 delegates from India as well as from other countries.

May 7, 2009 - Hyderabad

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