The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and World Economic Forum launched “Concrete Action for Climate” (CAC), a collaborative platform that will help drive the industry’s journey to carbon neutral concrete by 2050 as part of the Mission Possible Partnership.
The CAC initiative, which already represents 40% of the global concrete and cement industry through the GCCA, will bring together expertise and influence from the wider built environment industry, business, civil society, governments, and investors to help deliver and coordinate global climate action, stimulate demand for sustainable materials, and ensure appropriate financing and public policy is in place to help the sector reduce its carbon footprint.
“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,” said Dr. Dominik von Achten, chairman of CAC and chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement. “[The] launch of the ‘Concrete Action for Climate’ platform is a great example of such collective action. It’s encouraging and exciting to see influential, global organizations from across the world come together to support the cement and concrete industry on its path to carbon neutrality.”
The work of CAC forms part of the Mission Possible Partnership and will follow a four-step approach, bringing together ambitious industry stakeholders to forge a shared vision for the future of concrete.
Alongside CAC, GCCA members are working on a comprehensive roadmap which will outline the pathway to net-zero with measurable milestones and a shared commitment to agreed actions. CAC will also be supporting implementation through the development of practical resources and toolkits for actions to share best practice with concrete and cement companies globally.