Development Alternatives Hosted trialogue 2047 to discuss the importance of Decarbonising the Cement industry

  • Cement Production is the biggest contributors to environment pollution
  • Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC 3 ), is the major innovation to reduce carbon

Development Alternatives (DA) hosted the 24 th “trialogue 2047” to bring a light upon the
urgent need to decarbonise the cement industry, which is considered one of the biggest
contributors to environmental pollution. The “trialogue2047” brought together key
stakeholders of this sector on one platform, including Ms. Ruchika Drall, Deputy Secretary,
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GoI; Mr. S. Chandrasekar, IFS,
Member Secretary, Bihar State Pollution Control Board; Dr. Jonathan Demenge, Head of
Cooperation, Swiss agency of development and cooperation (India); Dr Soumen Maity, Vice
President, Development Alternatives and Dr Mukesh Kumar, R&D Head, J.K. Laxmi
Cement Ltd.

The discussion arrived at a consensus that the best way forward is to adopt transformative
technologies that help in decarbonising the cement industry. This needs a strong
commitment and cooperation on the part of the cement industry, government, institutions,
civil society and academia.

DA Group in association with École poly technique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Switzerland, Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Delhi, and Universidad Central
“Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, (UCLV) Cuba, supported by Swiss Agency for Development
and Cooperation, India, Embassy of Switzerland have been working from the last decade
on Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC 3 ), which is seen as a major innovation to reduce
emissions. LC 3 reduces the clinker factor in cement production by the addition of calcined
clay and waste limestone. While LC 3 has become a cement of choice in over a dozen
countries in Africa, South America, and South East Asia, the standards for commercially
producing LC 3 in India is at the final stages with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). It is
expected to be published very soon.

TARA the “incubation engine” of the DA Group in association with IIT Delhi and IIT Madras
has worked towards commercial production of LC 3 in India. Lately, it has been a preferred
technology and knowledge partner with large conglomerates in the sector such as JK
Lakshmi Cement for the commercial production of LC 3 . It is hoped that with commercial use
of LC 3 , India will be able to provide a profitable and viable solution against the adverse
effects of climate change and achieve the nationally determined commitments made at
COP26 by the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi.

During the trialogue 2047, Ms. Ruchika Drall, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of
Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GoI, said “Industry’s transition to low carbon
pathway is important to meet the India’s goal to net zero by 2047. Leadership for industry
transition (LeadIT) is one such initiative by the government of India to support transition of
hard to abate sectors.”

This article was shared with Prittle Prattle News as a Press Release.

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