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South African cement industry bolstered by global partnership

Partnership provides platform to facilitate industry growth

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From right to left: Philippe Fonta, Program Director - CSI, WBCSD; Harmke Immink , Director & Carbon Advisor of Promethium Carbon; Dhiraj Rama, ACMP Executive Director

From right to left: Philippe Fonta, Program Director - CSI, WBCSD; Harmke Immink , Director & Carbon Advisor of Promethium Carbon; Dhiraj Rama, ACMP Executive Director
The Cement Sustainability initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and South Africa’s Association of Cementitious Material Producers (ACMP) join forces to drive sustainable development.
The newly formed partnership provides the platform necessary to share international best practice to facilitate industry growth. The ACMP will leverage the partnership with members and other industry stakeholders to promote development.

“We are delighted to be working closely with the ACMP in South Africa. It is through collaboration that we will be able to leverage best practice and share knowledge to ensure the industry flourishes,” said Philippe Fonta, Program Director - CSI, WBCSD.

“This will allow the South African cement industry to tap into global expertise and make it locally relevant. It is an exciting new development for the cement industry, and we look forward to engaging our members,” said Dhiraj Rama, ACMP. ”The co-operative agreement will ensure that we can transfer knowledge both ways to better inform our climate change response strategy in the context of sustainable development.”

South Africa is a world leader in extending cement usage to reduce the use of limestone, a non-renewable resource.

The agreement with the WBCSD’s CSI will act as a catalyst in shaping the ACMP’s response to climate change and sustainable development.

While the ACMP will have access through this platform to international best practice and standards, WBCSD’s CSI will be able to expand its activities into Africa.

Comprehensive engagement with peers and colleagues around the world will help ensure that the South African cement industry stays informed on global issues when deciding on policy direction, particularly around energy and carbon emissions.

The WBCSD’s CSI will also bring international industry intelligence to the ACMP that can be translated by local members into a relevant framework for local conditions to ensure a globally competitive cement industry.


About the Author

Peter Paul van de Wijs is the Managing Director of Communications for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

 

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