The cement sector is a hard-to-abate sector in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, but it is an equally critical contributor to the economic development of the country. India is the second largest producer of cement in the world and plans to almost double its production by 2030. Under a business-as-usual scenario, the CO2 emissions from cement production in India are estimated to almost double by 2030. This report provides a detailed insight into the GHG emissions of the Indian cement sector and its future emission scenarios for 2030 -the report provides, based on available information, company-wise data on emissions, which will help design the road ahead. The report suggests a roadmap for the sector, highlighting the pathways for GHG emissions reduction. The assessment clearly finds there are huge opportunities to bend the carbon dioxide curve for this emission intensive sector, but it will need increased utilization of alternate materials and waste streams along with defining and increased production of low carbon cement, aided with policy interventions, inter-sectoral partnerships, enabling infrastructure, development of futuristic technologies and adequate funds.
You can see Down To Earth's video on "Decarbonizing Cement" based on CSE's report at:
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By Parth Kumar