Acceleration program includes national roadmaps and government dialogues in Egypt, India, Thailand and Colombia – launching a local phase of the 2050 Net Zero Global Commitment
The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) on Wednesday launched a series of net-zero accelerator initiatives to help national cement and concrete industries decarbonize in line with the Global Industry Roadmap GCCA Net-Zero 2050.
The first wave of accelerators will be launched in Egypt, which later this year will host the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 27), as well as in India, Thailand and Colombia. These countries together represent about 10% of the world production of cement and concrete.
Concrete – a local and sustainable material – is fundamental to overcoming the challenges of sustainable development that many regions of the world face, such as population growth, increasing urbanization and the need for more resilient infrastructure and communities in the face of a rapidly changing climate.
Globally, the manufacture of cement and concrete accounts for about 7% of carbon dioxide emissions. The global plan to eliminate these emissions by 2050 requires all regions of the world to accelerate their emission reductions.
The Acceleration Program will identify barriers to decarbonization in target countries and recommend key actions. This includes encouraging government policies that can have an immediate impact, such as better recycling, using waste as an alternative to fossil fuels, and other circular economy practices. It will also include the identification of flagship projects with the potential to completely eliminate emissions over the next few decades, such as carbon capture and storage technologies.
Mahmoud Mohi El-Din – Egypt’s high-level UNFCCC champion at COP 27 – said that “much of the infrastructure the world needs to overcome major global challenges – such as reducing poverty, the need for clean water and energy, and safe, affordable housing – has yet to be built.
“The full and voluntary participation of a sector that accounts for 7-8% of global emissions is essential to contribute to the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement target of limiting global warming to below 2° C and as close to 1.5°C as possible.”
The accelerator program comprises three elements: national zero-emissions roadmaps, including emissions forecasts, reduction levers, policy needs and industry engagement; identifying and funding the exploration of large-scale carbon reduction “flagship projects”; and political dialogues with national governments to help accelerate the transition.
The GCCA partners with the cement and concrete industry on the ground and will work closely with policy makers, designers and the construction sector to help overcome supply and resourcing challenges, as well as to demonstrate the business case for using greener technologies on a larger scale. .
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