The World Cement Association (WCA) released the following statement after the launch of the new Global Cement & Concrete Association (GCCA) – founded by nine industry-leading companies, including Cemex, LafargeHolcim and HeidelbergCement.
“The World Cement Association welcomes GCCA as an important initiative to help promote sustainable use of cement and concrete. This was one of the reasons why WCA was established back in 2016 and now has presence in 35 countries, with total cement capacity in excess of 1 billion tons. WCA has already held a very successful general assembly and conference on future strategies for the industry, so we are pleased to see another organization emerge to help tackle this challenge.
“We must, however, distinguish WCA from GCCA, which is stated to be founded and controlled by nine majors whilst WCA is an independent cement association. We welcome all players small or big regardless of size or group and they have equal rights under our constitution.
“In fact, Mr. Song Zhi Ping, the chairman of CNBM and the president of WCA has recently invited all the cement companies in the world including majors to join forces under WCA and the door is open for them. Mr. Song expressed that WCA will strongly support all initiatives toward sustainability. We invite all cement industry stakeholders to join the World Cement CEO Forum on climate change in June 27 & 28, 2018, in Paris.”