GCCA

Concrete is more than a material.
It’s about life.

About Us

One global voice

The most widely used man-made product on the planet needs a global voice. That’s why we launched the GCCA in January 2018 to provide a dedicated platform with the authority to speak globally on behalf of the cement and concrete sectors.

GCCA’s membership accounts for around 30 per cent of the world’s cement production capacity. And that number is growing.

The trusted, authoritative global voice for the cement and concrete sector.

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How we operate

We are assembling an experienced senior-level team to drive the GCCA’s efforts to secure global recognition of the key attributes of cement and concrete. The appointment of Benjamin Sporton as Chief Executive is an important first step. He will be joined at our London offices by key director level roles, responsible for driving the work programs for cement, concrete and sustainable construction and communications and policy.

The GCCA’s executive team and its members are committed to promoting the unique properties of concrete as a sustainable, durable and resilient building material – a material that will answer the needs of a growing and increasingly urban population that is set to exceed 9 billion people by 2050.

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What we do

The GCCA’s authoritative voice will help ensure that the prevailing views of cement and concrete are holistic and based on robust evidence.

Alongside this global advocacy role, the GCCA will gather and publish data against the industry’s sustainability commitments as well as develop member guidelines and initiate research. This will be supported by the transfer of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) activities to the GCCA under the strategic partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

The GCCA work programme is organised along three dimensions: sustainability, innovation and the positioning of concrete. Sustainable development of our industry is at the very core of the GCCA’s work and has five pillars: safety & health, climate change & energy, social responsibility, environment & nature and circular economy.

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What we aim to achieve

We want to drive responsible industry leadership in the manufacture and use of cement and concrete.

We will strive to improve the global social and environmental impact of the sector’s activities and products.

We aim to foster innovation and collaboration with industry associations and inspiring architects, engineers and innovators across the globe and along the length of the built-environment value chain.

Concrete is more than a building material. It provides homes, it connects communities, it encourages trade, it provides energy, it improves health, it broadens minds.

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Facts about concrete

An essential resource

An essential resource

Concrete is the world’s most consumed resource after water. It is an essential material, providing the necessary foundations for the development of human societies as well as responses to 21st century challenges.

Resilient and Durable

Resilient and Durable

Due to its physical properties concrete is highly resilient to externalities and can last for hundreds of years with limited maintenance.

Available and Affordable

Available and Affordable

Concrete is locally produced. It is widely available and suitable to build at a reasonable cost, without compromising on quality and strength and with low maintenance costs.

Circular economy

Circular economy

Concrete is one hundred percent recyclable. All its components are recyclable.

Thermal performance

Thermal performance

Concrete is a material with high thermal mass capacity, which absorbs temperature variations and in turn enables significant energy savings.

Towards carbon neutrality

Towards carbon neutrality

Taking a whole-life cycle performance into account, concrete has a low carbon footprint thanks to its durability, to its thermal mass effect, to its recyclability and to the carbonation of cementitious materials.

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Members

The GCCA intends to attract a broad and large representation of the cement industry. The goal is for the GCCA’s Membership to represent at least fifty percent of the global cement production capacity. Members are producers of Portland cement clinker and other natural cementitious clinkers for the manufacture of cement.

There will be two categories of Membership:

  1. Full Members includes 10 Founding Members that actively helped launch the GCCA and represent a geographically balanced spread. All full members will have to comply with the GCCA’s Sustainability Charter
  2. Associate Members are clinker producers that share the GCCA’s mission but who do not fulfil the requirements for Full Membership. Associate Members having a maximum of 20% of the votes

The GCCA will partner with "Affiliates" who share the GCCA’s mission. Affiliates will not be formal Members, but will be communication or project partners that will be consulted with and partnered with, as and when relevant, in delivering specific projects aimed at meeting specific objectives of the GCCA.

News and Media

In the news

Since its launch in January 2018, the GCCA has been building the core capabilities and relationships required to deliver on its long-term global objectives. Our press releases and other communications which track this progress can be found here.

11 October 2018 | London

Paul Adeleke appointed Communications and Policy Director for Global Cement and Concrete Association

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) today completed the formation of its executive team with the appointment of Paul Adeleke as Communications and Policy Director. He will take up the role later this month and will be based at the association’s offices in London.

05 October 2018 | London

GCCA membership expands to 20 companies

Number of affiliates continues to grow

28 September 2018 | London

Andrew Minson appointed Concrete & Sustainable Construction Director for GCCA

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) today announced the appointment of Dr Andrew Minson as Concrete and Sustainable Construction Director. He will take up the role in early January 2019 and will be based at the association’s offices in London.

04 September 2018 | London

Companies sign up to join the Global Cement and Concrete Association

Membership expands to 16 companies with more to follow

24 August 2018 | London

Claude Loréa appointed Cement Director for GCCA

Joins GCCA executive team from CEMBUREAU

13 August 2018 | London

GCCA Newsletter Issue No.1

GCCA membership newsletter

02 August 2018 | London

Global Cement and Concrete Association agrees strategic partnership with World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Work of Cement Sustainability Initiative to transfer to GCCA

10 July 2018 | London

Benjamin Sporton appointed Chief Executive of the Global Cement and Concrete Association

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) today announced the appointment of Benjamin Sporton as its Chief Executive. He will take up the role in early October.

25 May 2018 | London

Global Cement and Concrete Association names its Board

Albert Manifold of CRH elected as President at Foundation Meeting.

31 January 2018 | London

World’s leading cement and concrete companies launch Global Cement & Concrete Association

Nine leading companies in the cement and concrete sector launched the Global Cement & Concrete Association (GCCA), a progressive new association, dedicated to developing and strengthening the sector’s contribution to sustainable construction.

Events

Annual meeting – our first gathering

The GCCA’s first AGM and associated high-level debate is scheduled for 22 and 23 November. Following dinner on the evening of Thursday 22 November a formal AGM takes place on the morning of Friday 23 November followed by a dialogue on “Future Trends in Global Construction” featuring internationally renowned speakers. This is an invitation only event, please contact info@gccassociation.org for more information.

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