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'Alternate waste fuels must be harnessed in Indian Cement Plants'
Secretary General, Cement Manufactures Association (CMA)
0.8 % of India's GHG emissions can be reduced by using alternate fuels in cement industry: Report

Speaking at the inaugural session of the 7th edition of Green Cementech 2011 organised by CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre in partnership with Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA), Mr N A Viswanathan, Secretary General, Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA) called on the need and importance to foster and promote alternate fuels in Indian Cement industry. He also called on the need to conserve the fast depleting resources.

Mr N A Viswanathan said, today there is increased focus on environment and in this regard, he appreciated the voluntary initiatives taken by the cement industry in addressing issues of climate change and its related concerns by making all-round upgradation of equipment, technologies, etc. There is increased focus on the judicious use of resources, he added.

At the inaugural session, a manual on 'Alternate Fuels & Raw Material Utilization in Indian Cement Industry jointly developed by CII and CMA was released.

The report states that India can reduce 0.8 % of its GHG emissions (14 Millon tons of CO2) by adopting (considering only 40 % fuel substitution) alternate fuels in the cement industry. This is equivalent of INR 3,500 crores worth of green business market potential.

Mr G Jayaraman, Chairman, Green Cementech 2011 & Executive President, Birla Corporation Ltd, in his address highlighted that Indian cement has immense potential to convert the waste generation into energy. He however added that the technology to convert use agricultural waste, bio-waste into potential energy is not easily available.

Mr Jayaraman called on the need to effectively bring down the use of fossil fuel and said measures have to be adopted towards this direction. He was optimist that, in the years to come, renewable energy will be widely adopted and harnessed. He called on the cement industry to make PAT scheme a grand success. This scheme will benefit the humanity as a whole, he added.

Dr K U Mistry, Chairman, Gujarat Pollution Control Board, in his address briefed on the activities and initiatives of the Gujurat Government in addressing pollution and environmental concerns. He said that co-processing of hazardous and non-hazardous waste in cement industry is a step in the right direction.

Mr D V Manohar, Past Chairman, CII â?? Andhra Pradesh & Chairman, Shri Shakti Group briefed the delegates on the activities and initiatives on CII-Godrej GBCâ??s in facilitating a Greener India.

Mr K N Rao, Co-Chairman, Green Cementech 2011 &Director â?? Energy & Environment, ACC Limited delivered the concluding remarks.

05 May 2011

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