The 15th edition of Green Cementech, a two-day event focused on energy efficiency initiatives for Indian cement industry, got underway here on Thursday with Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA) president Mahendra Singhi underscoring the need for a perception change about the industry.

There is a huge perception gap with many people still perceiving the cement industry as unfriendly to the environment, whereas the reality is that it is the most energy efficient in the country and the world, he said.

Its carbon footprint and energy efficiencies were comparable to the best in the world and the industry is contributing a lot towards SDGs (sustainable development goals), he said. The annual conference for the cement industry is being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the CMA, a press release said.

Director General of National Council for Cement and Building Materials B.N. Mohapatra underlined the need for more conservation of energy and increased use of clean and renewable energy in the cement industry, as it is the most energy-intensive industry in the world. Responsible manufacturing of cement, which involves reducing the carbon footprint of the sector, is the need of the hour, he said.

Chairman of Green Cementech, Philip Mathew, said cement is increasingly being seen as unsustainable and an environmental concern, which makes it imperative for the industry to work on green cement technology solutions.

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