The cement industry is continually striving to remain competitive to ensure long-term commercial survival.
To remain economically and environmentally competitive the industry is constantly striving for improvements. This includes the uptake of energy efficient technology, increasing the use of by-products from other industries, reducing the dependence on fossil fuels as well as working in concert with the broader community.
From a global context the Australian industry, while relatively small in size, has a high uptake of best technology.
Since 1990 there has been a 36.6 per cent reduction in fuel use and a 12.3 per cent reduction in power use per tonne of cement. Improving energy efficiency is becoming increasingly difficult from year to year, and further improvements will rely upon upgrades of systems at a much finer scale than kiln technology type.
CIF member companies reported under the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program until its closure in 2014.