Bamburi Cement Paves the Way for Net Zero Future

Bamburi Cement has made significant strides in its commitment to environmental sustainability. In 2022, the company achieved a 3.2% reduction in carbon emissions and a 5.5% increase in the utilization of alternative fuels, as highlighted in its 2022 Sustainability Report themed “Decarbonizing Our Operations.” This report encapsulates Bamburi Cement’s journey towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, reflecting its dedication to green growth and decarbonizing its business operations

The Group Managing Director of Bamburi Cement, Mr. Mohit Kapoor, emphasized the importance of climate action in the company’s strategy. The reduction in Scope 1 carbon emissions is attributed to the adoption of alternative fuels, use of alternative raw materials, renewable energy, and optimized cement manufacturing processes. These measures are in line with Holcim’s 2025 strategy, “Accelerating Green Growth,” focusing on reducing emissions across all operational stages, particularly in cement production.

Bamburi Cement Group Chairman Dr. John Simba [Right], Sustainability & Geocycle Director Ms. Jane Wangari and  Group Managing Director Mr. Mohit Kapoor during the launch of the 2022 Sustainability Report in Nairobi on Thursday. The report details its green growth trajectory geared towards decarbonising its business operations to achieve net-zero carbon [CO2] emissions by 2050.

Bamburi Cement’s sustainability efforts are structured around five core pillars: Climate and Energy, Circular Economy, People and Human Rights, Nature, Sustainable Procurement, Customer, Product, and Innovation, and Governance. These pillars guide the company’s activities and initiatives in promoting sustainable practices.

Innovations in green operations are a key focus for Bamburi Cement. The company has implemented green mobility, conservation of natural resources, enhancement of the circular economy, and adoption of smart construction technologies like 3D printing, which significantly reduce CO2 emissions. Furthermore, Bamburi Cement has eco-labeled four of its cement brands, which have a 30% to 90% lower carbon footprint compared to Ordinary Portland Cements. These include Bamburi Fundi, Bamburi Tembo, Bamburi Nguvu, and Bamburi Duracem. The use of these green cement brands has contributed to the reduction in the clinker ratio used in cement production, further lowering emissions.

The company’s commitment to sustainability extends to its waste management arm, Geocycle, which co-processed 75,000 tons of waste in cement production processes in 2022. This brings the total recycled waste to 745,000 tons over the past three years. Geocycle offers waste management solutions to external partners for co-processing at Bamburi Cement plants.

Additionally, under its nature and water pillar, Bamburi Cement has rehabilitated over 360 hectares of quarries into productive ecosystems at Haller Park and Forest Trails through Lafarge Ecosystems. This initiative demonstrates Bamburi Cement’s dedication to environmental conservation and sustainable land use.

Bamburi Cement Plc’s Chairman, Dr. John Simba, acknowledges the urgency and importance of sustainability in protecting the environment and livelihoods. The company is committed to implementing more aggressive measures in its pursuit of mitigating climate change, ensuring a sustainable future.

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