Ambuja Cement and ACC – both operating companies of LafargeHolcim – have jointly enhanced their decarbonisation agenda. The firm expresses the aim is to generate clean and green energy in line with LafargeHolcim’s Net Zero Pledge and its ambition to decrease emissions from electricity. The decarbonisation agenda would be delivered through a number of measures, from waste heat recovery to using more renewable energy and dropping the amount of clinker used in cement manufacture.
“We have been consistently striving to set new benchmarks in sustainable construction in India. Our approach to achieve this goal encompasses the three Ps: People, Planet and Profit. By adopting these decarbonisation measures, both ACC and Ambuja are giving momentum to their global net zero journey. As an advocate of strategic sustainability goals, we will continue to focus on responsible manufacturing and production,” stated Neeraj Akhoury, CEO LafargeHolcim India and Managing Director &
CEO, Ambuja Cements Limited.
The firms are also actively partnering with power producers to install renewable energy facilities across its sites and upsurge its share of renewable energy from the grid. Furthermore, to reduce their carbon footprint, Ambuja and ACC have also adopted the usage of solar power in their cement manufacturing process.
“We are a partner of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) in India, which is a testament to our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint. The adoption of these key levers to accelerate decarbonisation will strengthen our focus on contributing to economic development, social development, and environmental protection,” told Sridhar Balakrishnan, MD & CEO, ACC Limited.
Both firms have undertaken several CO2 reduction measures for example clinker factor reduction, thermal substitution rate, thermal & electrical energy efficiency, renewable energy and adoption of new technologies.
Both companies have relatively low specific CO2 emissions in the world with about 530 kg and 512 kg CO2 per ton of cementitious material for Ambuja Cement and ACC respectively. Collectively, they are striving to further diminish their carbon emissions intensity to support reach LafargeHolcim’s sector-leading 2030 targets.
To initiate sustainability through technology, the WHRS will be in installed at Ambuja Cements plants in Bhatapara (Chattisgarh), Suli and Rauri (Himachal Pradesh) and Marwar Mundwa (Rajasthan); and ACC plants in Jamul (Chattisgarh) and Kymore (Madhya Pradesh). All projects are slated to be completed within the next 2 months. The investment of Rs. 780 crores in WHRS adding over 76 MW capacity across six sites would be finalized in the next two years.