São Paulo, Brazil, June 24 2016—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement with the National
Union of Cement Industry (SNIC) and the Brazilian Portland Cement Association
(ABCP) to support the preparation of the Cement Technology Roadmap in Brazil.
A pioneering initiative by the industry in
Brazil, the project is being developed in partnership with the International
Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
- Cement Sustainability Initiative (WBCSD-CSI), and it will be technically
coordinated by Professor José Goldemberg, a former Minister of Education
and former Secretary of Science and Technology.
In addition to co-financing the initiative,
IFC will also contribute with its international experience-gained through
the financing of more than 180 projects in the cement sector in about 60
countries, in the last 55 years- for the production of two of the project's
technical studies: Energy Efficiency and the Use of Alternative Fuels.
IFC’s present portfolio includes 30 investments and 10 advisory projects
in cement, in 26 countries. IFC has already invested more than US$ 4 billion
in the sector globally, and US$ 838 million in Latin America alone.
The Brazilian edition of the Cement Technology
Roadmap will map current and future technologies and their potential for
energy efficiency improvement and greenhouse gas emissions reduction per
ton of cement produced up to 2050. Its main objective is to contribute
to the development of the cement industry in Brazil towards a low carbon
economy, using technical solutions allied to a range of recommendations
from the academic, government and financial sectors. The challenge is considerable,
since Brazil, according to IEA, is the country with the lowest potential
for reducing CO2 emissions per ton of cement produced in the world, according
to the degree of excellence already achieved.
Four major themes are being analyzed by the
Cement Technology Roadmap - Brazil, which includes the direct participation
of major academic and research institutions from various regions of Brazil.
They are: Energy Efficiency; the Use of Alternative Fuels, such as biomass
and waste for co-processing; the Use of Additions to replace clinker, an
intermediary product of cement; and the Capture, Storage and Use of Carbon.
Worldwide, two other studies on the cement
industry have been previously done using the same methodology and with
the same partners (IEA and WBCSD) - the global Cement Technology Roadmap,
in 2009, and the Low Carbon Technology Roadmap for the Indian Cement Industry,
in 2013 - the latter also supported by IFC. In Brazil, the project was
launched in September 2014 and is expected to be completed in the first
half of 2017. The preparation of the Cement Technology Roadmap - Brazil
is being supported by more than 90% of the country’s cement producers.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is
the largest global development institution focused on the private sector
in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
we use our capital, expertise, and influence, to create opportunity where
it’s needed most. In FY15, our long-term investments in developing countries
rose to nearly $18 billion, helping the private sector play an essential
role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org
The Sindicato Nacional da Indústria do Cimento
- SNIC (or National Union of the Cement Industry, in English) was founded
in 1953. It was constituted with the objective to study, disseminate, and
provide legal representation to the economic sector “Cement Industry”,
considered as the integrated activity of exploration and processing of
mineral substances and their chemical transformation into clinker and subsequent
milling, in Brazilian territory. In the sphere of administrative and judiciary
authorities, SNIC represents the general interests of the sector, and the
individual interests of its associates. For more information, visit www.snic.org.br