WCA Kicks Off Benchmarking Project

The World Cement Association (WCA) launched Phase I of its PEGASUS 2020 project, a multi-company benchmarking and performance-improvement initiative for the association’s corporate members. Executives from 11 companies representing more than 100 cement plants are taking part in the first stage.

PEGASUS, which stands for Plant Evaluation, Gap Analysis and Support Service, has been designed as a virtual native project that can be delivered within current COVID limitations around the world. All clinker-producing WCA members are able to take part at no cost. Benefits include cost reduction, plant performance improvement, and professional development opportunities for participating managers and engineers.

Phase I focuses on benchmarking, aiming to help participants identify the gaps between their own plant operations and best practice. Participants will each collect data from their own plants and WCA experts will create an anonymized ranking. This will enable companies to compare the results of their plants against both best practice and other companies’ performance.

“We are really excited to be kicking off WCA’S first benchmarking project. One of our most important objectives is to help members improve operational performance, and PEGASUS 2020 makes a direct contribution to this. We’ve been pleased to see strong interest in the project from members keen to reduce costs, energy consumption and CO2 emissions by adopting best practice,” said Ian Riley, WCA chief executive.

After the completion of this phase, Phase II will aim to identify the most cost-effective way to close key gaps. During this stage, WCA will host topic-specific forums for all participants and plant-specific deep dives to explore ways of improving performance and develop related action plans.

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