Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), of which we are a
part, has just announced the worldwide launch of the 2050 Carbon
Neutral Concrete Climate Ambition. We are part of this historic
milestone, together with the largest cement and concrete companies in
the world: for the first time, we now have a declaration of our
collective ambition for a carbon neutral future.
by the GCCA on behalf of its member companies, the statement
identifies the essential levers that will be required to achieving
carbon neutral concrete, including: reducing and eliminating energy
related emissions, reducing process emissions through new
technologies and deployment of carbon capture, more efficient use of
concrete, reuse and recycling of concrete and buildings, and
harnessing concrete’s ability to absorb and store carbon from the
climate ambition builds on the longstanding climate commitments and
sustainability progress of GCCA member companies and affiliate
associations across the world, setting out a global vision for the
long-term sustainability of concrete, the vital building material
that has shaped the modern world.
McLeod, GCCA Chief Executive said: “As we face the challenges for
future generations and begin global economic
concrete will be even more critical to building the sustainable world
of tomorrow. That’s why we are making this commitment today, in
order that our crucial industry aligns with global targets, including
the Paris Agreement.
has a vital role to play in addressing the need for sustainable
communities and prosperity. It is a key ingredient of infrastructure,
homes, clean water and community resilience as our climate changes.
Crucially, it will also help facilitate the transition to clean/green
energy. We believe this journey will be challenging but are fully
committed to working together with our members, partners and
stakeholders across the industry and supply chain to achieve this
concrete and cement industry is a key part of the construction sector
– which accounts for 13% of global GDP – with a track record of
taking climate action. This has included delivering a 19% reduction
emissions per tonne of cementitious material along with a ninefold
increase in alternative fuel use since 1990.
member companies are currently developing a 2050 concrete roadmap
which will set out the detailed actions and milestones that the
industry will enact in order to achieve its ambition. This will
include working across the built environment value chain to deliver
the vision of carbon neutral concrete in a circular economy, whole
life context. The 2050 concrete roadmap is due to be published in the
second half of 2021.
the world deals with the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis, the
construction sector is playing an important role in economic
recovery. The GCCA’s climate ambition statement demonstrates its
commitment to helping build a more sustainable and safer future –
recognising that the world needs cleaner and greener infrastructure.
GCCA 2050 climate ambition outlines how in the coming years the
industry can achieve carbon neutral concrete by:
our direct energy-related emissions and maximizing the co-processing
of waste from other industries,
and eliminating indirect energy emissions through renewable
process emissions through new technologies and deployment of carbon
capture at scale
the content of both clinker in cement and cement in concrete, as
well as more efficient use of concrete in buildings and
concrete from construction and demolition waste to produce recycled
aggregates to be used in concrete manufacturing; and
and enhancing the level of CO2 uptake of concrete through
recarbonation and enhanced recarbonation in a circular economy,
whole life context.
know that this journey will be challenging, but we are fully
committed and will work together with other companies, partners and
stakeholders to build a legacy that we are proud of and that will
impact present and future generations.
on the Climate Ambition 2050 and the 2050 Concrete Roadmap can be
found on the GCCA