Pakistan: Bestway Cement has promoted its environmental credentials following the Supreme Court’s mandated investigation into water usage by cement companies near the Katas Raj Temples in 2018. The cement producer says that all of its cement plants are ISO 14001:2004 Environment Management Systems certified. Specifically on the issue of water conservation, it has installed air-cooled condenser systems at two of its plants at Chakwal and Kallar Kahar respectively and it has built rain-harvesting ponds. In total the company has spent around US$14m on water conservation measures. Altogether it says that it has achieved 80% and 88% reductions in consumption of ground water for industrial use, respectively, at the two plants.
Other environmental measures the company has made include installing waste heat recovery (WHR) units at all four of its cement plants. Its total WHR capacity is 45.5MW giving it 28% of its total power needs. The company is recognised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Program for its initiative to reduce carbon emissions/footprint. It has also implemented tree plantation at its plants and surrounding areas, it uses drip irrigation and sewerage waste management and its head office in Islamabad has been certified as a Green Office by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).