Climate Ambition Statement – Supporting Quotes

Supporting quotes from our stakeholders

World Economic Forum

“Ambitious business and industry action led leadership is vital to achieving the climate targets that the world needs to survive and thrive. We know that concrete is so important to many of the challenges humanity faces but we also know it needs to be delivered more sustainably. We are delighted by the important step of articulating the ambition for carbon neutral concrete and look forward to working with this industry collaboration to deliver the detailed pathway and tools necessary towards achieving a net-zero economy.

Anthony Hobley, Executive Director of the World Economic Forum’s Mission Possible Platform

Business for Nature

“We must tackle the interconnected emergencies of nature, climate and inequality together. Addressing climate change by reducing the CO2 footprint of concrete will in turn help reduce the loss of nature and biodiversity. Today’s announcement is a positive step forward for the concrete industry and we’re pleased to see our partner GCCA set this ambition alongside other work to ensure a sustainable planet for the future.”

Eva Zabey, Executive Director, Business for Nature

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

“WBCSD commends the launch of the 2050 Climate Ambition by the cement and concrete sector and we will actively support companies in this sector to engage with the full value chain to decarbonize the built environment as a system. As this ambition statement highlights, it is critical to foster dialogue and collaboration with investors, developers, architects and construction companies to drive the demand for low-carbon solutions and achieve a net-zero built environment. The cement sector has been at the forefront of climate action since the founding of the Cement Sustainability Initiative 20 years ago, and this next phase will be profoundly important to harness the opportunities and manage the risks of the low-carbon transition.”

Peter Bakker, President and CEO World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

UN Climate Champions

“Great to see GCCA and its members launch this ambitious agenda. This comes at the right time as we mobilize global support across all industry sectors to deliver real progress in the race to zero emissions. No sector can do this alone but if we all stand up together, support each other and demonstrate bold leadership, then we can ensure a green recovery in which “clean” and “growth” go hand in hand. We need to see action now – to ensure the health and prosperity of people and planet for now and future generations.”

Nigel Topping, High Level Champion for Climate Action COP26

We Mean Business

“Targeting carbon neutrality by 2050 is a major signal of ambition coming from a sector that will play a key role in building the zero-carbon economy of the future. We commend the commitment from the GCCA and its members and look forward to continue working with them and others in the built environment system to help ensure this ambition delivers climate action.”

Maria Mendiluce, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition