Conference on Alternate Fuel and Raw material
The objective of the initiative started in the year 2011, to support India´s progress towards a low carbon economy by accelerating co-processing initiatives and reducing the overall GHG emissions of the country. As part of this initiative, several activities have been carried out in partnership with the Government agencies (CPCB, SPCB´s, MoEFCC), Indian Cement industry, International companies & AFR experts and other Stake holders of co-processing.
These activities include International mission to counties with higher Alternate fuel usage for different stake holders from India, recommendations on new policy changes, publications, technical research, National missions, conferences, round table discussions for stake holders in different states and LCA study. The latest event ´Conference on Alternate fuel and Raw material´ was held at the Hotel Leela, Mumbai on 23 & 24 November 2016.
Conference on AFR was organized in partnership with Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). The conference was conducted in parallel with Waste Management Summit 2016 which had over 250+ delegates comprising of waste generators, technology suppliers, consultants, etc.
B2B meeting among the waste generators and the cement plants were also organised as a part of event.
Theme Address given by Ulhas Parlikar, Chairman, Waste Management Summit 2016 & CII Initiative on increasing Alternate fuel & Raw material usage in Indian Cement Industry was thought provoking. He briefed about the benefits of circular economy and what should be the approach for better waste management in the country.
Special Address delivered by N A Viswanathan, Secretary General, Cement Manufacturers´ Association (CMA). He mentioned that, Cement Manufacturers´Association (CMA) has been relentlessly pursuing promotion of sustainable development path for Indian cement industry through diverse measures like Benchmarking System, Low Carbon path, working with stake holders and capacity building through regular publications on energy and environment-related latest advancements in cement industries across the world, etc.
He mentioned, cement kiln co-processing can be a sustainable solution for waste management and also reduction in overall carbon emissions. Co-processing finds a synergy between the problem of managing waste and reducing the usage of fossil fuels in cement kiln. Co-processing also makes a waste of one industry into an alternative fuel for other, which presents a win-win situation for both.
The program followed with 2 panel discussions first is on ´How effectively implement new waste management rules´ and second panel is on ´Effective Implementation of Waste Management Rules - Opportunities & Challenges: Industrial Perspective´. Members include representatives from pollution control boards, MoEFCC, municipalities and industry representatives from different sectors.
Panel discussions were followed by technical sessions, in day 1 suppliers presented on latest technologies and handling systems that will support usage of hazardous and non-hazardous waste in cement kiln. Next sessions were focussed on Pre-processing of waste, particularly converting raw waste in to more suitable form of fuel for co-processing.
On day 2 Indian cement companies presented on successful case studies of cement kiln co-processing, followed by session on Measurement and monitoring for Co-processing. This Session highlighted the best practices on waste co-processing and systems to be in place for effective co-processing. Final session is on ´Towards Circular economy´.
A circular economy is an industrial economy that promotes greater resource productivity aiming to reduce waste and avoid pollution by design or intention. This session addressed by speakers, highlighted how growing cities should manage their waste in a smart fashion, examples of towns that have implemented decentralized waste management solutions and role of industrial ecology in building a circular economy.
Business to Business Meetings between Waste Generators & Users organized as a part of the event. The objective is to have a one to one discussion between waste generators, users, technology providers and other stake holders to promote effective waste management practices with less impacts to environment.
Various companies from different background (waste generator, user, technology provider and waste pre-processor) participated in the B2B meetings.