Hyderabad, Apr 16: National Council for Cement and Building Materials Director General M Vasudeva today urged the cement plants in the country to adopt measures to become ''world class in green practices'' as the industry, growing at over 25 per cent in the last five years, was expected to double its growth in the next five years.
Taking part in the 'Green Cementech 2008', organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry-Soharabji Godrej Business Centre, he urged the over 75 large and 365 mini-cement plants in the country to follow the guidelines evolved by the global Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), formed to help the cement industry to address the challenges of sustainable development.
The Indian cement industry, the second largest cement producer in the world with an installed capacity of 166 million tonnes per annum and accounting for four per cent of the global carbon dioxide emissions, had a great responsibility in reducing CO2 emission by reducing consumption of coal, he pointed out, adding that the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests was keen on encouraging the use of supplementary fuels by the energy and resource intensive industry.
CII-Godrej BC would facilitate Indian cement plants inventorise their overall Green House Gases (GHG) emissions, both direct and indirect, including process, energy, transport and mining. This would serve as a baseline for further improvements in these cement plants with specific targets for reduction, Green Cementech 2008 Chairman and Birla Corporation Executive President G Jayaraman said.
Trends like blending, migration to dry process, energy efficient retrofits as technological improvements would continue to aid the industry in reducing emissions, he said, adding that the domestic cement plants were exploring use of alternative and waste fuels such as municipal solid waste, industrial waste, used tyres, rice husk and groundnut shells to replace the use of coal in cement kilns.
CII Andhra Pradesh State Council member and Anjani Portland Cement Director Vanitha Datta said mini-cement plants were eager to adopt measures to become world class in green practices and looked up to the large plants for information sharing, awareness creation and networking.