Ganesh Jirkuntwar, Manufacturing Head, Dalmia: Blended cement meet ESG goals
With more emphasis on infrastructure development in the country, demand for supplementary cementitious materials is growing. With more policies, incentives, and strict policies around the utilisation of waste materials, the cement industry can help the nation achieve sustainability targets and make the environment cleaner. When concrete mixtures are logically used alone or in combinations, it can significantly reduce CO2 emissions associated with concrete production. However, there remain challenges. Government policies play a major role in helping to cut down emissions of the cement sector. Logistics and storage are the most important factors that affect the consumption of SCM at cement plants. To make dry flyash available to users, suitable dry flyash extraction and storage silos are required to be installed. Secondly, transporting SCM like flyash requires closed and environment-friendly containers. Many companies have to rely on local suppliers to source SCMs. Government agencies like MOEF and CPCB are regularly updating the guidelines for the usage of alternative materials in manufacturing cement. Industry leaders believe that there is a need for a tracking system that can balance the demand and supply equilibrium.