Cement & Steel are literally the foundation of the developing world, but it is important to note that cement production is one of the major sectors of GHG Emissions. These are one of those sectors that are extremely important for the global economy and extremely difficult to streamline into a Sustainability Perspective.
In India, the annual consumption of Cement is supposed to rise up to 550 million tons by 2025!
The rise in cement consumption can be attributed to various industrial demands that are rising exponentially and also the governmental development schemes in India like the Smart City Mission, Metro Transport Development Projects, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Bharatmala Pariyojana etc.
Why is Sustainability a Difficult Inclusion in Businesses?
The Operational Requisites of Cement & Steel Production are Extreme.
Both Cement & Steel Production require tremendous heat and energy consumption. The average ‘specific heat consumption’ & the specific energy consumption in the Indian Industries is quite high. Despite all sorts of energy efficiency measures, the emissions of these industries are very difficult to tame.
8% of our Nation’s GHG Emissions can be accounted for by the Cement Industry alone.
- Electricity Usage accounts for 13% of this total percentage.
- Combustion of fossil fuels accounts for around 36% of the total Emissions in the Cement Industry.
- Calcination of limestone holds the highest amount of energy usage and emissions, a total of 56%.
Suggestions on improving Sustainability Inclusions in the Cement & Steel Industry.
Renewable Energy Usage & Clean Energy Tech Advancement
In the Cement & Steel Industry, the use of alternate fuels is tagged under Thermal Substitution Rate (TSR). The TSR level in India for these industries was 4% in 2016 and the targets are ambitious and hopeful, at 25% TSR expectations by 2025 and 30% in 2030.
Like Water reuse tech in the IT Industry, the Cement & Steel Industry also is making advancements in the innovations & cleantech R & D. REcycling of Exhaust Gases from the BFs are 90% reusable and can be used for combustion. This storage & recycling is also a hefty and expensive operation, which is why the Sustainable Reinforcements are still a distant dream for many players in the Industry.
Short-term Market Resolutions with a futuristic direction of value generation requires a steady mindset of collective growth. Businesses now need to think from the scopes of Risk, Quality, Cost & Sustainability, specifically Decarbonisation.
In the coming years, this is a strong advancement in the fortification of your enterprise growth grounds as it mitigates financial risks and amplifies investment opportunities and improves reputaton.
In the process of recycling the exhaust gases, CO2 concentration capture is also storable and reusable. This however may depend on overall operating costs as the tech for capturing carbon is fairly expensive installation for many businesses.
Sustainable Cement & Steel Production Fortification & Advance
Sustainable Steel and Cement Production needs to take front foot in the Research and Development SEctor of both these industries. There is no particular alternative to cement and steel industries considering their immense relevance in the public development requisites of the nation.
Government Investments in these sectors to assess and amplify the usage of clean tech. Production of sustainable steel and cement also helps in minding the growing demand.
Why is ESG now a Standard that you must administer in your Enterprise?
With the advent of climate change activations by various international bodies of esteem, there is now a very imperative pressure on all industries to ‘Think Sustainability’ and the most primary instrument to trace this advance is the mandate to reduce Scope 3 emissions from the ESG Protocols & SDG frameworks developed by the United Nations.
Inspiring Carbon Accounting & Decarbonisation Mechanisms In your Cement & Steel Business Operations is very important as it helps you combat the existing organisational carbon hotspots that interfere with your Sustainability standards on a workable level.