The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has unveiled a joint industry plan to tackle climate change and become a carbon-neutral industry.
Its 2050 Climate Ambition aims to drive down the carbon footprint of the world’s most used manmade product, with a target to achieve carbon-neutral concrete over the next three decades.
Member companies are developing a concrete roadmap that will set out detailed actions and milestones the industry will enact, including working across the built environment value chain, to achieve their goal.
Some of the actions include reducing and eliminating energy-related emissions and process emissions through new technologies and deployment of carbon capture, reusing and recycling concrete and harnessing concrete’s ability to absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere.
The GCCA will also aim to use concrete more efficiently and boost the use of renewable electricity.
Dinah McLeod, GCCA Chief Executive said: “As we face the challenges for future generations and begin global economic recovery, 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.
“Concrete 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 ambition.”