Representing 80% of the world's concrete industry outside of China, our mission is to position concrete to meet the world’s needs for a material that can build and support growing, modern, sustainable and resilient communities.
As the most widely used material on earth after water, concrete is fundamental in shaping our world. That’s because of its inherent benefits of strength, durability, resilience, safety and affordability to create vital infrastructure – roads and railways, homes, offices and the cites we live in.
Our 2050 Net Zero Roadmap sets out in detail how collectively, in collaboration with built environment stakeholders and policymakers, we will fully decarbonise the cement and concrete industry and provide net zero concrete for the world.
Innovation is a key part of the cement and concrete industry's journey to net zero and is a key part of our 2050 Roadmap. Innovandi, the GCCA's innovation arm runs two key programmes to accelerate and unlock new technology that will be key in our sustainability journey.
ESG is all about integrating the key principle of sustainability (people, planet, and profit) into day-to-day business. GCCA’s Sustainability Charter shapes the GCCA’s ESG agenda, which covers all aspects of non-financial factors that help the cement and concrete sector to identify its key material risks and discover potential growth opportunities. GCCA aims to provide all the required resources to its members to drive the sustainability agenda through the development of guidance and good practices sharing.
Public policy will play a central role in the ability of the industry and the wider value chain to decarbonise cement and concrete over their lifecycle.
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Our members are committed to climate action today to drive sustainability in our sector. Here are a few examples from around the world.
FUTURECEM™ enabling up
to 30% lower carbon footprint
Green Cement to reduce CO2
emissions and energy consumption
Substitution of energy and materials
Deploying hydrogen technology as part of the fuel mix of its cement plants to reduce CO2
Decarbonising cement plants
through waste heat recovery
Decoupling CO2 emissions from profitable growth
Industrial scale CCUS
ECOPlanet green cement, delivering at least 30% lower carbon footprint with equal to superior performance
Heat reduction during clinker
manufacturing to reduce CO2
Co-prossessing using biomass, industry and plastic waste to reduce CO2 emissions
Celitement™ – developing an alternative binder to enable CO2 savings
Aims to develop and demonstrate a new cement production technology
In-house production of synthetic gypsum
Development of Carbon Circulation Technology to separate CO2 from the kiln exhaust gas at cement plant and utilisation of captured CO2 throughout the cement value-chain
Recycling landfilled fly ash to reduce cement and concrete carbon footprint
Championing climate action with a holistic approach, including renewable energy, AFR and internal carbon pricing
Using Açai biomass as an energy source