India is ranked as the second-largest cement producing country; its cement manufacturers cater to an almost insatiable demand for social and civic infrastructure. As the country's GDP grows, the cement business is set to grow even more briskly. Cement production is energy intensive. It accounts for about five per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge for the cement companies therefore is to balance the growing demand for cement with its environmental implications by developing and championing sustainable solutions for the industry. UltraTech Cement is a pioneer in championing environmental initiatives. Here are some of UltraTech's sustainability initiatives: