Henning Bæk CFO
Aalborg Portland Holding A/S
Tel.: + 45 9816 7777
Cementir Holding SpA
Rome, 19 April 2017
Cementir Holding publishes first Group Sustainability Report
The Cementir Group’s first Sustainability Report follows on from the Group’s earlier Environmental Reports. The Report retains a transparent, analytical approach to the collection of data and information on the sustainability initiatives and performance of all Group companies (except Sacci SpA and Compagnie des Ciments Belges, for which only financial, staffing and asset figures have been included, as reported in the group’s 2016 consolidated financial statements).
The document is prepared according to the principles and guidelines established by the United Nations Global Reporting Initiative – version G4, which is the leading international standard for non-financial reporting. The publication of the report anticipates the EU Directive that makes non-financial reporting mandatory as of 2018.
Speaking to journalists on the margins of the company’s Shareholders’ Meeting, Francesco Caltagirone Jr. said: “The Group’s international growth means Cementir works across highly diverse cultural, economic and environmental scenarios, requiring an ongoing commitment to people, customer care and transparent stakeholder relations, which can only be delivered through the ability to operate in a sustainable way.”
During the year the Group has embarked on numerous initiatives to improve its Corporate Social Responsibility profile. In particular, it has concluded important projects to improve processes and production efficiencies, which have resulted in:
- Lower fossil fuel consumption for cement production
The rate of replacement of fossil fuels with alternative fuels has increased from 9.2% in 2014 to 11.8% in 2016. Over 8% of the Group’s energy requirement was obtained from refuse-derived fuel (RDF), which is used especially at the Aalborg plant in Denmark and at the Edirne and Izmir plants in Turkey. The company also intends to pursue the authorisation process for the use of solid recovered fuel (SRF) derived from the treatment of municipal non-hazardous waste and special non-hazardous waste in Italy, where the aim over the next three years is to meet around 10% of energy requirements. The use of unconventional fuels in cement plants is strongly promoted by the European Union, which recognises it as a Best Available Technique (BAT) for its importance in reducing the wasting of resources and in recovering materials and energy.
- Greater production of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF)
In 2016, Group waste treatment plants produced approximately 96,000 tons of alternative fuel, of which approximately 29% was Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and 71% was Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF).
- Lower use of natural resources to produce the same quantity of cement
In 2016, the Cementir Group’s cement production plants used a total of 15.1 million tons of raw materials, an 11% increase compared to the previous year. Out of all raw materials used, 10.8% were alternative raw materials – a 7.1% increase compared to 2015.
To support these initiatives and strengthen its commitment to sustainability, the Group has defined a global strategy built on four fundamental pillars:
- In waste, we see resources: we promote a circular economy
- We respect the environment in all our operations
- We value our people
- We support our communities
The strategy will be translated into an action plan that will take account of the specific circumstances in each country. The Group will also draw up an overall activity plan and establish a series of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for all Group companies, which will act as a basis for setting targets for improvement.
Sustainability Report 2016 – Download