The World Cement Association (WCA) unanimously approved its proposed Climate Policy and the reelection of Cui Xingtai (chairman of CUCC) to the board of directors at its fifth General Assembly, which took place virtually this month.
The Climate Policy focuses on accelerating the decarbonization of the cement and concrete industry by encouraging and supporting members to set ambitious targets on reducing CO2 emissions, and fostering collaboration along the supply chain and across industries.
The policy also recognizes that each country, region and company faces its own unique circumstances, regulations and challenges regarding the transition and journey to net zero.
“I’m delighted to announce that WCA’s members unanimously approved our proposed climate policy, reflecting growing recognition of the scale and urgency of the climate crisis we face, and the importance of our industry’s role in accelerating worldwide decarbonization,” said Ian Riley, CEO of WCA. “The Climate Policy will be implemented in 2022, and I look forward to sharing more details on this in the coming months.”
On his reelection, Cui Xingtai said, “Despite the complicated global economic and social situation, WCA recorded outstanding achievements in 2021, thanks to the joint efforts of members, our CEO Ian Riley and the wider WCA organizational team. I’m honored to be re-elected to the board of directors, and look forward to continuing the good work we are doing to decarbonize the cement industry and to represent the interests of our members worldwide.”
WCA President Song Zhiping also delivered an address to the General Assembly attendees, highlighting the issues that COVID-19 and climate change have posed for the industry, as well as emphasizing that collaboration among all WCA members will allow to find effective solutions to these problems.
Other agenda items included a report on WCA activities and member services in 2021 and presentations of the year’s work from WCA professional committees.