GCCA Policies

Public policy plays a central role in the ability of the industry and the wider value chain to contribute to a sustainable and resilient future.  

GCCA policy and position statements outline how the outcomes that both society and industry want, can be achieved through policy changes and industry action.  Documents published thus far focus on climate change, circular economy and biodiversity.

To learn more about the policies, click on the key policy topics below.

Avoiding Bias in Policies that Impact Construction Material Choices

Sustainability must become a key criterion for the design and construction of the built environment of the future and be firmly embedded in policies, codes and regulations.

GCCA believes that the most sustainable outcomes can be achieved by policies, codes and regulations that avoid explicit or implicit preference for one construction material over another.

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GCCA members recognise the essential importance of Natural Capital to a sustainable world. To this end we have incorporated good practices on land stewardship and biodiversity into our Sustainability Charter and the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals into our actions.

GCCA members apply the mitigation hierarchy and the management of biodiversity risks and opportunities towards the achievement of Net Positive Impact in cement, concrete and aggregates operations. This means we can commit to ensuring ecosystem services are maintained in our direct operations, supply chain and for people and ecosystems who depend on them.

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Carbon Pricing

Carbon pricing is an approach to reducing carbon emissions that uses market-based mechanisms to pass the environmental cost of emitting on to producers and consumers.

Putting a price on carbon can create a financial incentive to reduce emissions and encourage lower-carbon behaviour and can also raise money that can be used to finance low-carbon investment and climate adaptation.

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Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage

Carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) is a critical lever in the GCCA 2050 cement and concrete industry roadmap to net zero concrete. This is the case even with all other CO2 emission reduction technologies and new cement solutions being utilised.

The cement industry is committed to developing the capture technologies. It is investing in research, developing pilot plants, and is embarking on industrial scale facilities. The industry has committed to applying carbon capture technology at industrial scale in ten plants by 2030.

Putting a price on carbon can create a financial incentive to reduce emissions and encourage lower-carbon behaviour and can also raise money that can be used to finance low-carbon investment and climate adaptation.

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Circular Economy

GCCA Members recognise the importance of applying circular economy principles at all stages of the lifecycle of cement and concrete. To this end we have incorporated key actions in the GCCA Charter and Guidelines, and circular economy is fundamental to the GCCA Climate Ambition Statement and the forthcoming GCCA 2050 Roadmap for carbon neutral concrete. In some countries circularity is already enabled through a supportive policy framework and the industry has responded with widespread implementation of initiatives.

To maximise circularity globally, both in the sector and through the use of concrete, enabling policies, standards and regulations must become more widely adopted.

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Creating Market Demand for Carbon Neutral Construction and Decarbonised Value Chains

Policy measures are needed to reduce both the embodied and operational emissions of buildings and structures. Concrete is a key enabler of the net zero transition, both through its own decarbonisation and through reducing emissions in the built environment and society (ranging from buildings to sustainable infrastructure).

Policy should incentivise innovation, lead to increased demand for low carbon solutions and facilitate the introduction of low carbon products on the market, whilst maintaining essential traditional criteria (e.g., technical performance, strength, durability, safety).

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Low Carbon Product Procurement

GCCA and its members welcome the creation of market demand for low-carbon and near zero carbon construction and decarbonised value chains, and more specifically they welcome stimulation of demand for low-carbon and near zero cement and concrete products through public procurement policy.

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Making Low Carbon Cement Manufacturing Investable

Cement producers are committed to accelerating the elimination of fuel and process emissions, scaling-up advanced low carbon technologies and embedding circularity across our operations. But the sector cannot achieve this on its own. It needs tailored policy support and targeted public finance to lower the financial risks associated with the use of low carbon technologies and spread them more widely.

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Providing The Infrastructure For Circular And Net Zero Manufacturing

Decarbonisation of necessary-to-abate sectors, such as cement and concrete, requires the right policy and legal framework on the one hand, and supportive infrastructure that will be shared across industrial sectors on the other. A shared understanding of the infrastructure needs for a decarbonised economy is key to enabling not just decarbonisation of the cement sector but industry and society in general.

Ultimately, deployment of advanced technologies such as CCUS at full scale will eliminate the process emissions of cement manufacturing and result in the future delivery of carbon net zero concrete for our world.

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More Information

GCCA 2050 Roadmap to Net Zero Concrete

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