After almost two decades, the Australian cement industry has reduced the carbon intensity of its cementitious products by 23 per cent while at the same time increasing production by 50 per cent since 1991.
Cumulative abatement for the industry since 1990 is almost 2.5 million tonnes of CO2. This result can be put down to the following key manufacturing endeavours:
- increasing kiln production capacities
- closure of small, inefficient cement plants
- striving for operational excellence and energy efficiency
- increasing the use of supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) such as blast furnace slag and flyash
- increasing the use of alternative fuels - such as carbon neutral biomass
The cement industry has been actively engaged in CO2 mitigation since the early 1990s. During this time the industry has been recognised a leader in greenhouse gas reduction through participation greenhouse gas reduction programs such as Greenhouse Challenge Plus.
Now climate protection has become a large part of the regulatory requirements of manufacturing cement in Australia.
CIF members are participants in the Energy Efficiency Opportunities assessments; report emissions data through the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme, and are liable entities under the Clean Energy Future Program which came into force in July 2013.
CIF members also participate in the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), conducted under the auspices of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.