The GCCA Executive Team are delighted to introduce our programme for COP27 in Egypt. We hope you can meet us there to discuss the decarbonisation action and progress in our sector.

There is no credible replacement for concrete at the scale of the global need for buildings, infrastructure, and for delivering sustainable and resilient communities across the world.

Join us to discuss our journey to a net zero future.  

If you have any questions on our agenda please contact jon.harrison@gccassociation.org

Tuesday 8 November
9.00 – 10.00

GABC, GCCA and Holcim, in Partnership with the Government of Switzerland: LC3, A Revolutionary Low CO2 Building Material

Buildings Pavilion, Blue Zone (Blue zone Pass Required)

The development of limestone calcined clay cement (LC3) represents a saving of around 40% in CO2 emissions compared with the traditional ordinary Portland cement based mainly on clinker. This event will explore what is needed to facilitate the uptake of LC3 cement.

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  • Dr. Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation
  • Jonathan Duwyn, Global ABC
  • Prof Karen Scrivener, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne & inventor of LC3
  • Thomas Guillot, CEO, Global Cement and Concrete Association 
  • Jan Jenisch, CEO, Holcim 
  • Rajiv Garg, UN-CTCN Regional Head Africa, Western Asia and CIS
  • Anne Dekeukelaere, Cementis Managing Director

Wednesday 9 November
9.30 – 10.30

UCLGA – Carbon Pricing in Africa: Opportunities for action at the sub-national level

UCLGA Pavilion (Blue Zone Pass Required)

This event will allow speakers to share their experiences, challenges and best practices in involving the sub-national level in the carbon market. Thomas Guillot and Andrew Minson will participate for the GCCA.

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  • Dr. Andrew Minson, Concrete & Sustainable Construction Director, GCCA
  • Mr. Kabishi Tshilumba, Financial Institutions Coordinator (GCF) 
  • M. Moubarak Moukaila, Director of the Regional Collaboration Center (CRC – BOAD)
  • Mr. Desta Mebratu, United Nations High Level Champion (UNHLC) expert on the Climate Change
  • Mme Gladys Wanga, Governor County Government of Homa Bay 
  • M. Luc Atrokpo Sétandji, Mayor of Cotonou, Bénin 
  • M. MURSHID HASHIMU NGEZE, President of Association of Local  Authorities  of Tanzania (ALAT)
  • M. Wild Ndipo, Président, Mayor of Blantyre, President of the association of mayors of Malawi 
  • M. MURSHID HASHIMU NGEZE, President of Association of Local Authorities  of Tanzania (ALAT)
  • Moderator: Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary-General of UCLG Africa

Wednesday 9 November 2022
13.30 – 14.30

TERI Event – Building investor confidence for enhancing climate finance by leveraging global and national frameworks on corporate sustainability disclosures

Climate Leadership Pavilion (Blue Zone Pass Required)

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There is near-unanimous agreement that public funds alone will not be enough to curb the challenges of climate change. The investor community and financial institutions are coming forward to reiterate their commitments to low carbon economies along with their requirements for an enabling policy environment and disclosures that accelerates and scales up private finance flows. This event will examine these events in more detail – Thomas Guillot will participate for the GCCA.

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  • Thomas Guillot, Chief Executive, Global Cement and Concrete Association
  • Prabodha Acharya, Chief Sustainability Officer, JSW Group
  • ER Raj Narayan, Business Head & Chief Manufacturing Officer, UltraTech Cement Ltd.

Thursday 10 November
10:00am – 11:00am

CEMEX Event – Working Together to Decarbonise the Construction Value Chain

We Mean Business Coalition Business Pavilion Auditorium A (Blue Zone Pass Required)

A high-level panel of experts will discuss key levers and innovation strategies for accelerating the decarbonisation of the construction value chain. This event will focus on the global challenges to decarbonising the built environment together with the main stakeholders involved to make it happen. Thomas Guillot will participate for the GCCA.

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  • Thomas Guillot, GCCA Chief Executive MODERATOR
  • Fernando A. González, CEMEX CEO
  • Diane Hoskins, Gensler Co-CEO VIRTUAL
  • Aniruddha Sharma, CEO Carbon Clean
  • Adair Turner, Chairman Energy Transitions Commission
  • Hubertus Meinecke, BCG Global ESG & Climate Lead

Thursday 10 November
13.00 – 14.00

FL Smidth and the Government of Denmark – Concrete action in decarbonising the cement industry

Danish Pavilion (Blue Zone Pass Required)

This event will examine actions to decarbonise the cement industry with a particular focus on Africa, examining financing, government action and industry examples. Claude Lorea will participate for the GCCA.

Thursday 10 November 2022 13:30-14:30

TERI Event – “Accelerating Global Collaborations and Partnerships for Industry Transitions

Auditorium 2 of the COP 27 Business Pavilion for Climate Leadership (Blue Zone Pass Required)

Dr Andrew Minson will participate for the GCCA

Thursday 10 November
18.30 – 19:30

GCCA Evening Reception at COP27

Buildings Pavilion, Blue Zone (Blue Zone Pass Required)
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The executive team of the Global Cement and Concrete Association would like to warmly invite you to a short evening reception at COP27.

Coming on the eve of the COP Decarbonisation Day, where cement and concrete will feature prominently on the programme, this will be an opportunity to come together to reflect on our industry’s collective action and progress, and challenges ahead.

Friday 11 November
10.15 – 11.15

UNECE Event – Enabling the Circular Carbon Economy

SDG Pavilion (Blue Zone Pass Required)

This event will discuss the findings of a new joint United Nations policy brief on the circular carbon economy that calls for more robust policy integration and public-private partnerships for sustainable energy. In doing so, it will stimulate discussion on how to apply this more successfully in energy-intensive industries through industrial design, technology transfer, innovative financing, and the creation of green jobs.

Friday 11 November
12.30 – 14.00

Marrakech Partnership Event: Implementation Lab: Cement and Concrete Breakthrough – From Insight to Concrete Action

Lotus Room, Area B (Blue Zone Pass Required)

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This Implementation Lab will offer a deep dive on how the cement and concrete sector can take critical decarbonisation steps in this decade to get on track to achieve the Cement and Concrete Breakthrough in line with the 1.5°C aligned Industry Action Pathway. GCCA CEO Thomas Guillot will moderate the panel.

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  • Thomas Guillot, CEO, Global Cement and Concrete Association
  • H.E Rania Al-Mashat, Egyptian Minister for International Cooperation
  • Fernando Gonzalez, CEO, CEMEX
  • Tarek Talaat, CEO, Misr Cement Group
  • Maria Jose Garcia, Executive Director, FICEM
  • Dr Igazeuma Okoroba, Chief Sustainability Officer, Dangote 
  • Dr Dominik von Achten, Chairman, Heidelberg Materials
  • Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt

Friday 11 November
14:00 – 15:00

GCCA Event at the Egyptian Pavilion

Decarbonising the cement and concrete industry – from global commitment to national action
Room 1 Main Hall – Blue Zone COP 27 (Blue Zone Pass Required)

This event will see leading industry CEOs, and key stakeholders come together to articulate the action & progress underway in the globe, Africa in Egypt to decarbonise the cement and concrete sector. The session will highlight the innovative projects and policies already in place and what more needs to be done to meet the 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation goals. It will also highlight how the GCCA’s Global Roadmap is being tailored to local conditions through the Net Zero Accelerator initiative – including a key update on Egypt.

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Formal welcome 

  • Egypt Government representative – tbc

Short opening speech to set context and challenge 

  • Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt

Panel Discussion

  • Dr Dominik Von Achten, CEO Heidelberg Material 
  • Spokesman, Dangote Cement (invited)
  • Jimmy Khan, Holcim Egypt 
  • Mr. Chana Poomee, TCMA President and Vice President of SCG 
  • Harry Boyd-Carpenter, Managing Director Climate Strategy EBRD 

Event moderator

  • Thomas Guillot – CEO, Global Cement and Concrete Association

Friday 11 November
14:30 – 16.30

Carbon Management and Industrial Decarbonisation: Cement, Steel and Beyond

COP 27 Conference (Blue Zone), Bellona Pavilion

Join the Global CCS Institute as we host discussions with experts in the cement and concrete industry, alongside policy experts, as they unpack the ambitious steps that are being taken to support a low-carbon transition, and the role carbon capture and storage will play in decarbonising cement production. Claude Lorea will participate for the GCCA.

Friday 11 November
17:30 – 18:30

Holcim Event – Women Leading the Decarbonisation of our Built Environment

Buildings Pavilion (Blue Zone Pass Required)

Holcim is organising a panel discussion to celebrate women leadership in the decarbonisation of our built environment. Claude Lorea, the GCCA’s director of Cement, Innovation and ESG will participate on the panel.

Tuesday 15 November
16.00 – 17.00

GCCA in partnership with the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA)

UCLGA Pavilion (Blue Zone Pass Required)

Following on from the signing of the memorandum of understanding at African Climate Week between GCCA and UCGL Africa, this side event is organised to showcase the decarbonisation potential of cement & concrete in the context of city development and resilient urban planning.

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Formal welcome and short opening speeches to set context and challenge:

  • Thomas Guillot, CEO, Global Cement and Concrete Association 
  • Mohamed Nbou, Director of the Climate, Biodiversity and Food Systems Department, UCLG Africa

Panel Discussion:

  • Mayors Senior or senior officials from key African cities: 
  • Ms. Gladys Wanga, Governor County Government of Homa Bay, Kenya
  • M. Barthélémy Toye Dias, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal
  • M. Wild Ndipo, President of the association of mayors of Malawi, Mayor of Blantyre, Malawi
  • M. MURSHID HASHIMU NGEZE, President of Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania (ALAT)
  • African cement / concrete producer – tbc
  • Specialist on city policy – tbc
  • Urban planning spokesperson – Mr. Desta Mebratu, United Nations High Level Champion (UNHLC) expert on the Climate Change

Wednesday 16 – Thursday 17 November

GCCA Official UNFCCC Exhibition 

Booth 16, Exhibitions Hall

We represent a vital global industry that has made a milestone pledge to net zero. Our official exhibit will provide a platform to engage national governments, policymakers & stakeholders in how they can support the mission with key policies. We’ll also showcase the progress & action underway across the globe to ensure a sustainable built environment, with leading examples from our ‘Concrete in Life’ photography competition. 

We’ll see you there

We look forward to meeting you and discussing our net zero future.

Thomas Guillot
Chief Executive Officer

Paul Adeleke
Strategy, Policy and Communications Director

Andrew Minson
Concrete and Sustainable Construction Director

Claude Lorea
Cement, ESG and Innovation Director