The World Cement Association (WCA) announced that its fourth annual conference will take place virtually this month. The Oct. 20-21 event will bring together global leaders and experts from the cement and wider hard-to-abate sector to showcase and discuss the work and progress the industry has made toward decarbonization, and what is needed in the years ahead.
“This year’s conference will be an important opportunity to discuss the next steps in progressing the cement and concrete industry’s path to net zero’’ said Ian Riley, WCA chief executive officer. “Climate change is going to be the defining issue for our industry over the next decade, and this challenge is one we can’t tackle alone, that’s why I am looking forward to welcoming some of the most internationally renowned industry experts to this two-day event.’’
The event will be divided into thematic blocks with breaks between each block to allow for networking opportunities, sponsor rooms, flash presentations, and meetings. The conference will kick off with Riley welcoming guests and introducing the association, followed by an address from Song Zhiping, WCA president.
The first block, Decade of Action: Now to 2030, will feature a keynote speech by Lord Adair Turner, chair of the Energy Transition Commission, followed by a panel discussion on the key challenges in decarbonizing the hard-to-abate industry. Matthias Mersmann, KHD chief technology officer, will also give a presentation on WCA’s Toolkit for Net Zero.
The general program will cover the outlook for the cement and concrete industry as well as some of the most promising and innovative technologies being developed today. There will be presentations and Q&As on CCUS and hydrogen, CO2 reduction through innovation, green finance opportunities, and digitalization and the model plant. All content will be available on demand for one month after the event.
More information, including tickets for non-members, can be found at www.worldcementassociation.org.
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