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25 Apr

Energy Efficiency of the South Africa Cement Industry  - Reducing Energy Use and CO2 emissions in cement manufacture

With all the impending projections in population and economic growth, infrastructure and the manufacture of cement, the development challenge for South Africa and other countries becomes how to evolve along a low carbon and sustainable path – as defined in South Africa’s National Climate Change Response White Paper. In this document, the country outlined how it intends growing into the future in a low carbon (decreasing CO2 emissions) manner by postulating among other strategic priorities, an emissions mitigation trajectory of “peak, plateau and decline” within 2020 and 2050, by 2060 and afterwards respectively .


Furthermore, the “low carbon path” development can be summed up as that which consumes less energy from carbon intensive sources and promotes renewable energy use. Similarly, the cement industry in South Africa has to follow suit in order to enable the country meet its voluntary commitments to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG).

In advanced countries, the country’s cement industry has risen to the challenge by continuously improving its processes and its member companies are now being lauded for their environmental and social successes. For instance, as far back as 1999 Lafarge, Cimpor and Holcim (three of the major global cement manufacturers with major stakes in the South African cement industry), met with the WBCSD for a 20 year appraisal structuring the concerns around sustainable development that the cement industry faces worldwide. This meeting which is proving socially and environmentally successful so far, catalyzed the global cement industry into carrying out its operations with due diligence, hinged on climate change and sustainable environment. But one may argue that the meeting arose because the companies recognized the fact that to sustain their operations for the long term and reap the fruits of the economic opportunities that the challenges may present, they had to mainstream these issues with their business strategies. Whichever way the argument goes, the threat of anthropogenic emissions exacerbating global warming and thus instigating climate change remains one not to be discounted. According to Winkler and Marquard, South Africa has since antiquity been one of the most energy intensive countries in the world. This coupled with the apartheid legacy has resulted in the country facing numerous development challenges.

Apart from energy efficiency and global perspectives and outlook, the 2017 Edition of Cement Business & Industry Conference & Exhibition,to be held on October 4-5 in Johannesburg, South Africa,  will bring on-point topics like Crushing, combustion and gas treatment: new technologies and efficiency improvements; Environmental regulations in construction products in Africa or  Regional cement, clinker and slag trade prices and opportunities.

Organized by GMI Global, Cement Business & Industry Africa 2017, hosted at Hilton Sandton Hotel is expected to bring together over 300 stakeholders from Africa and international cement producers, equipment vendors, strategy and M&A, financial, sales and marketing and trading as well as delegates from the technical and operations, engineering, environmental, logistics, maintenance, production & operations side.


Sessions will feature an in-depth look at the evolution and direction of the market and balance views on business strategies, engineering, technology and production maximization, traditional and alternative fuels, cement and fuel trading, innovation, environment and much more.

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