India has made progress in increasing the use of alternate fuels and raw materials (AFR) in the cement industry, but it still has some way to go to make a real environmental impact, Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA) Vice President, Dr S. Chouksey, told 250 delegates at a conference in New Delhi on February 19-20.
“While we have achieved some important milestones till now, there is still a long way to go in view of the huge untapped potential in the area of AFR,” he said in his special address.
The conference on enhanced usage of alternate fuels and raw materials in the cement industry was jointly organized by the CMA and IIP as part of a larger initiative in India. The country is the second-largest producer of cement in the world after China and is likely to see its capacity of 350 million tonnes per annum (Mta) double over the next decade, resulting in a huge surge in coal demand. AFR has demonstrated that is has the potential to address some of the pressing environmental and social issues. The conference was designed to facilitate the technical, regulatory and financial solutions towards increasing AFR in the cement industry.
IIP’s Executive Director, Jigar V. Shah, summarized the progress made since the inaugural conference in 2014.
“With all of the feedback that we received from various stakeholders, we developed a compendium of policy papers. We are happy that our efforts culminated in the creation of a National Task Force on Co-processing under the aegis of the Central Pollution Control Board, which we believe will go a long way to mainstreaming AFR,” he said.
IIP’s Jigar V. Shah delivers his welcome address.
All of the presentations from the conference are available on CMA’s website.
The conference was supported by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, the Ministry of Urban Development, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and the National Council for Cement and Building Materials.