Cement firms go green, to cut down on emission

Written by fe Bureaus | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 10 2010, 04:42am hrs
Leading cement makers such as Binani Cement, Shree Cement and ACC Cement are embracing the use of alternative fuels, energy-efficient production and new technology to cut down the carbon footprint of an industry that globally releases 5% of man-made carbon emissions.

Amit Singh, senior vice president of Binani Industries Ltd told FE, For us, consciousness and concern regarding climate change is of paramount importance. As a cement company, our energy consumption per metric tonne of cement produced is one of the lowest in the industry. We are now trying to reduce it even further. Binani was one of the more than 20 companies from various industries that were recognised by the FE-EVI Green Business Leadership Awards last Saturday for taking substantial measures towards climate change mitigation.

We are planning to produce green cement, which would insulate buildings from heat and hence reduce the energy requirement for cooling the interiors, Singh said. ACC Cement is using energy-efficient lighting, air-conditioning, green buildings and plantations, while Shree Cement is using a system called fuel gas diesel pharism to produce more power and to lower the carbon footprint, says the second green business survey conducted jointly by FE, Emergent Ventures India (an advisory firm on climate change) and the Indian School of Business.

Rakesh Bhargava, chief climate officer of Shree Cement Limited, another recipient of the same award said, With this award, we feel that the world is taking note of our initiatives like setting up of 40 MW Green Power Projects, the largest capacity in the entire world cement industry.