ALTERNATE FUELS AND RAW MATERIALS
Institute for Industrial Productivity India (IIPI) has initiated a project with the objective of increasing the Thermal Substitution Rate (TSR) in Indian Cement Industry. The initiative is aimed at developing an action plan to mainstream AFRs and then facilitate its implementation thereby helping the industry realize higher TSR levels with accompanying societal benefits. This multi stake holder initiative was anchored at Cement Manufacturer’s Association of India (CMA).
IIP India Joins National Taskforce on Co-Processing
India’s cement industry is set to become greener through the creation of a new national taskforce for co-processing waste.
This initiative, taken up by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) of the Government of India, will create an enabling environment to promote the use of alternate fuels and raw materials (AFR) in India’s cement industry. The initiative is aimed at developing an Action plan to mainstream AFRs and then facilitate its implementation thereby helping the industry realize higher TSR levels with accompanying societal benefits.
IIP India’s Director, Somnath Bhattacharjee says the creation of the taskforce is a major policy win that will help mainstream AFR use in Indian cement production. “The Indian cement industry has made significant improvements to its energy efficiency and productivity in recent years. However, the use of AFR as an energy source and resource remains extremely low, despite its enormous potential. We hope that the taskforce will help catalyse the use of AFR in cement production,” he says.
Specific initiatives under the terms of reference for the taskforce include developing emissions standards for co-processing, enhancing waste use, research and development, and organizing industry workshops.
The taskforce comprises high-level membership from regulators, ministries and major cement companies. IIP-India’s invitation follows from its work on creating a forum of regulators for AFR use in cement production which was instrumental in recommending key policy and regulatory guidelines for promoting AFR in India.
New resources on AFR use in Indian cement industry
India’s Forum of Regulators has published a Compendium of five white papers on alternate fuel and raw (AFR) material use in cement manufacture. The compendium is the outcome of the Forum’s work to promote AFR use in the Indian cement industry.
The five papers comprise:
1. An Amendment of the Hazardous Waste Management Rules 1989 to include co-processing in cement plants as a disposal option;
2. Preparation of technical guidelines for setting up environmentally-sound pre-processing facilities to prepare homogenous waste mixes suitable for co-processing in cement kilns;
3. Developing emission standards for co-processing AFR material in cement kilns, including hazardous wastes;
4. Increasing the use of fly ash generated by coal-based power plants and refuse-derived fuels in cement plants;
5. Developing guidelines for the transport and storage of hazardous waste.