Heidelberg, Lafarge host global Cement Sustainability Initiative Forum in Vancouver

Sources: Cement Association of Canada (CAC), Ottawa; CP staff

Members of CAC and peers from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) are convening October 1-3 in British Columbia to exchange ideas on best production, environmental management and market development practices. CAC is a partner with CSI in the Vancouver gathering, themed “Sustainable Construction: Building Tomorrow’s World” and hosted by the operators of the province’s two cement mills, Heidelberg Cement and Lafarge Canada.

WBCSD Managing Director Philippe Fonta and CAC President Michael McSweeney will have an October 3 briefing to review the highlights of the two-day CSI Forum, scheduled to include:

  • Industry strategies and achievements in reducing energy use and carbon dioxide emissions;
  • Innovations, new technology and new best practices that increase the industry’s contribution to more sustainable, resilient communities, from lower carbon cement to carbon capture and reuse in cement manufacturing;
  • Sustainable construction success stories in municipal, institutional, commercial and residential settings; and,
  • The increasing importance of a resilient built environment in the face of climate change and escalating urbanization.

The Cement Sustainability Initiative has 24 core or participating members, primarily multinational producers, including most of those with integrated North American operations: Heidelberg, Lafarge, Argos, CRH, Cemex, GCC, Holcim, Italcementi (Essroc), Taiehiyo Cement (CalPortland), Titan Cement, and Votorantim (VCNA).