CMA Global Partnerships

In pushing its agenda of sustainability forward, the Cement Manufacturers Association has always been at the forefront in reaching out to industry groups across the globe and building platforms to enable exchange of ideas with discussions on leading issues of environment, waste management and fuel supply among others.

The Association has had several global relationships primary among which are with Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) and SINTEF.

CSI

A group of 24 major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries, CSI makes a strong case of the pursuit of sustainable development. The group, which accounts for about 30% of the world’s cement production, is focused on managing and minimizing the impact of cement production by addressing a host of issues such as climate change, fuel use, emissions, concrete recycling and quarry management.

Relationship with CMA

CMA has an agreement with CSI to cooperate on sustainable development activities and enable the sharing of best practices, tools, guidelines and protocols.

SINTEF

An independent research organization headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, SINTEF develops knowledge and technology solutions across disciplines. A research organisation with expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences, medicine and the social sciences, SINTEF conducts contract R&D as a partner for private as well as public sectors, and is a known contract research institution in Europe.

Relationship with CMA

CMA has an agreement with SINTEF on an ongoing project focused on co-processing of alternative fuels and resources in the cement industry.

Ongoing for the last six years, the project provides a platform to CMA to promote the cause of co-processing as an option for sustainable waste management, resource conservation and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in India by organizing pilot projects for demonstration. The project has:

  • Established a professional and regulatory forum with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to aid discussion and dissemination of project findings.
  • Assists SINTEF in developing guidelines for DRE testing of difficult to treat hazardous waste such as POPs
  • Encourages use of refuse derived fuel (RDF) and plastic waste (e.g. from paper mills) in cement plants
  • Initiated co-processing of CETP sludge in cement plants, a critical disposal issue in the National Capital Territory.

As part of the agreement with SINTEF, CMA has begun dialogues with other South Asian cement manufacturers associations in Nepal and Bhutan among others to facilitate workshops for developing competence in co-processing.

The project aims to reduce pollution and exposure to hazardous chemicals such as leachates, methane emissions from landfills and pollution of water sources. Chief among its objectives is increasing thermal substitution rate by utilizing RDF from municipal solid waste (MSW) and dried sewage sludge.