Industry targets carbon neutral concrete by 2050

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and the World Economic Forum have launched an initiative to achieve carbon neutral concrete by 2050.

Called ‘Concrete Action for Climate’ (CAC), the idea is to pool expertise from business, civil society, governments and investors to stimulate demand for sustainable materials and make financing and public policy assist in meeting the goal.

The GCCA says it represents 40% of the global concrete and cement industry.

Dr. Dominik von Achten, chairman of HeidelbergCement and of the CAC, said: "Strong action to improve the sustainability of cement and concrete is already underway, but the industry needs to engage and collaborate with others to help drive collective action towards achieving carbon neutral concrete for the world."

Nigel Topping, UN High Level Climate Action Champion, COP26, said: "The launch of Concrete Action for Climate is a strong demonstration of the cement and concrete industry’s commitment to completely decarbonising their entire supply chain. Now we must implement this ambition with the rapid uptake of green cement and concrete across the industrial ecosystem."

CAC invites companies to join its efforts with ideas for policy, financing and involvement in COP26.

Image: A concrete pour underway on a road project in Springfield, Massachusetts (MassDOT/Public domain)

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