GCCA India announces first Chair and Co-chair of CEO Committee of member companies

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Mr. Mahendra Singhi (Managing Director & CEO – Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited) and Mr. Nilesh Narwekar (CEO – JSW Cement) have been elected as the Chair and Co-chair respectively of the GCCA India to provide strategic direction and drive ongoing sustainability across Indian cement sector 

Mumbai (6 February 2020) – The member companies of the Global Cement and Concrete Association India (GCCA – India) have elected the Chair and Co-chair for the first two years (2020-22).

Based in Mumbai, GCCA India took over the work of the Cement Sustainable Initiative (CSI) India (which formerly served as the sector’s sustainability alliance) with its launch last year in July 2019. It focuses on driving forward the key sustainability work underway within the Indian cement sector, in the second-largest cement producing industry in the world.

Speaking at the GCCA India CEO meeting of the member companies in Mumbai, Benjamin Sporton, GCCA Chief Executive Officer said: “I’m delighted to have overseen the first CEO meeting of the GCCA India member companies. It is important for the Indian cement sector to continue to work collaboratively on sustainability and innovation work”.

“We now have eight major Indian cement companies contributing to the GCCA India work program. India is a significant market in terms of cement producing capacity and, with population growth, the growing demand and need for affordable houses and infrastructure, cement and concrete are going to play an important role in the future development of the country. It’s very much the aim of GCCA India to help ensure that this is undertaken sustainably.”

Members of the Indian cement industry have been working together to achieve Low Carbon growth for the Indian cement sector with GCCA India committed to taking this work forward. Mr. Sporton recognised the efforts of UltraTech Cement and Heidelberg India in helping to establish GCCA India.

Sharing his thoughts, new Chair, Mr. Mahendra Singhi, MD & CEO, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited said: “It is a matter of great pride and honor to take the lead and promote sustainability in the world’s second largest cement producing country. This position provides a great opportunity to give back to society by endorsing and encouraging better management and techniques to drive efficiencies and minimise the impact of cement production. The first step towards achieving this bottom-line aim is to define what sustainable development means for the cement industry and then chart our actionable steps for faster adoption of the sustainability charter. I look forward to a lasting and fruitful association and making a meaningful contribution for a green cement industry.”

Mr. Nikesh Narwekar (Co-Chair) added: “I am pleased to be given this opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way, especially in regards to our GCCA India program, driving the sustainability and innovation agenda for the Indian Cement and Concrete sector. I do look forward to working closely with other seniors from the Indian cement Industry.”

Indian cement manufacturers are well aware of the issues around sustainable development. GCCA India will help ensure that in terms of the sector commitments to sustainability, innovations in technology and manufacture, and collaboration across the wider built environment, the Indian cement sector can help lead the world.

GCCA India has developed a work program that will focus on the GCCA priorities but with practical application across the Indian built environment.

GCCA India priorities include

  • Fostering good health & safety practices in the cement and concrete industry
  • Providing thought leadership for cement and concrete
  • Outreach to more cement companies to make a positive contribution to sustainable development
  • Positioning concrete as the sustainable building material of choice
  • Fostering innovation in the cement and concrete sector
  • Sharing of best practices and benchmarking cement manufacturing processes
  • Promoting the principles of a circular economy across the value chain

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Media enquiries should be directed to:

Global – Paul Adeleke: paul.adeleke@gccassociation.org

India – Kaustubh.Phadke@gccassociation.org

About the GCCA 

Launched in January 2018, the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) is dedicated to developing and strengthening the sector’s contribution to sustainable construction. The GCCA aims to foster innovation throughout the construction value chain in collaboration with industry associations as well as architects, engineers, and innovators. In this way, the association demonstrates how concrete solutions can meet global construction challenges and sustainable development goals while showcasing responsible industrial leadership in the manufacture and use of cement and concrete. The GCCA is headquartered in London, England. It complements and supports the work done by associations at the national and regional levels.

About GCCA India

GCCA has started its first country office in July 2019 in India to work with Indian cement companies to drive sustainability and innovation projects. The purpose of GCCA India is to identify actions and facilitate steps for cement & concrete companies at the individual as well as a group to accelerate progress towards sustainable development.

Notes to Editor

Information on Indian Cement Industry Progress on Sustainability Agenda:

The Indian cement industry is working towards having a more positive social and environmental impact along with the sector’s growth. It has taken the lead in using key sustainability levers like a blended cement, energy efficiency, alternative fuel and raw material (AFR), waste heat recovery systems (WHRS) and renewable energy.

The Indian cement industry has achieved significant progress on the sustainability agenda. Some of the highlights are:

  • Exceeded the energy efficiency targets set under the Perform, Achieve, and Trade (PAT) program. During PAT cycle-1, the sector achieved savings of 1.48 million tons of oil equivalent (4.34 million tons of CO2 emission reduction) equal to savings of INR 16 billion, which came at an investment of INR 26 billion[1]
  • Collectively, the industry has reduced specific CO2 emission levels by about 36% from 1996 baseline.
  • Some Indian cement plants have achieved specific energy consumption of 676 kcal/kg of clinker and 63.9 kWh/tone of cement, which are comparable to the best in the world (Bureau of Energy Efficiency)
  • There has been a gradual but steady shift towards increased use of blended cement
  • The adoption of the Waste Heat Recovery System (WHRS) in the Indian cement plants has seen a three-fold increase since 2012 (Bureau of Energy Efficiency, 2018).
  • About 99% of Indian cement plants are based on dry cement manufacturing technology. It is also a zero-wastewater industry
  • The Industry has also adopted advanced technologies such as continuous emission monitoring systems, advanced dust collection, and suppression technologies, use of surface miners, cross belt analyzer to optimize raw mix and enhance mine life, low-pressure drop cyclones, high-efficiency fans and motors, latest automation and energy monitoring systems at its major plants
  • Industry has also adopted several rating systems such as Green Company Rating System (GreenCo), Green Product Certification (GreenPro) in addition to publicly reporting their environmental performance through their sustainability reports and platforms such as Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), etc.