Hyderabad: India has developed a cement production capacity of 500 million tonnes per annum of which the member companies of the industry body Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) contribute a bulk of it.

CMA is encouraging and supporting the cement manufacturers to take up innovation and implement new technologies to improve productivity, reduce wastage and carbon footprint. Indian cement industry today is setting benchmarks in carbon emission reduction.

Sharing the way forward for the industry, Mahendra Singhi, president, Cement Manufacturers’ Association and managing director and CEO Dalmia Cement (Bharat), told Telangana Today, “We are looking at ways to replace clinker (which consumes more heat and power) with fly ash and slag and how to replace coal with waste material, which has carbon value. We are also looking at using more energy efficiency equipment such as motors so that the power consumption comes down, thus helping the industry to bring down carbon emissions.”

He informed, “India’s Co2 emissions in the cement sector is in the range of 670-700 kg per one tonne of cement compared to the global average of 900 kg per tonne of cement. There are many cement companies in India which have brought down the Co2 emissions level to as below as 550-600 kg per tonne of cement because of their concerted efforts with key stakeholders. India stands number one in terms of carbon footprint reduction in the entire world in the cement sector. There would be at least five Indian companies among the top ten global cement manufacturers that are contributing to low carbon economy.”