6 July 2021

Concrete’s path to net-zero emissions in focus as the World Economic Forum and the Global Cement and Concrete Association join forces to deliver concrete actions for climate

  • Concrete Action for Climate (CAC) will bring industry, built environment, civil society, governments, and investors to coordinate global climate actions towards 2050 net-zero targets
  • The industry-led group covers 40% of the global cement and concrete industry at launch and invites companies and wider society to join the movement

(London: 6 July) – The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and World Economic Forum have today launched ‘Concrete Action for Climate’ (CAC), a collaborative platform that will help drive the industry’s journey to carbon neutral concrete by 2050 as part of the Mission Possible Partnership.

The concrete and cement industry, which has cut emissions proportionally by 20% since 1990, is now assembling wider support to achieve its ambitious 2050 carbon neutral target. The Concrete Action for Climate initiative, which already represents 40% of the global concrete and cement industry through the GCCA, will bring together expertise and influence from the wider built environment industry, business, civil society, governments, and investors to help deliver and co-ordinate global climate action, stimulate demand for sustainable materials and ensure appropriate financing and public policy is in place to help the sector reduce its carbon footprint.

Dr. Dominik von Achten, Chairman of CAC and Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement, said:

“Concrete is vital to the development of the modern world, being used to develop key infrastructure like safe homes, bridges, hospitals as well as supporting the transition to clean energy. Strong action to improve the sustainability of cement and concrete is already underway, but the industry needs to engage and collaborate with others to help drive collective action towards achieving carbon neutral concrete for the world. Today’s launch of the ‘Concrete Action for Climate’ platform is a great example of such collective action.  It’s encouraging and exciting to see influential, global organisations from across the world come together to support the cement and concrete industry on its path to carbon neutrality.”

The work of the Concrete Action for Climate forms part of the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP) and will follow a four-step approach, bringing together ambitious industry stakeholders to forge a shared vision for the future of concrete.

Alongside CAC, GCCA members are working on a comprehensive roadmap which will outline the pathway to net-zero with measurable milestones and a shared commitment to agreed actions. CAC will also be supporting implementation through the development of practical resources and toolkits for actions to share best practice with concrete and cement companies globally.

Nigel Topping, UN High Level Climate Action Champion, COP26, said:

“The launch of Concrete Action for Climate is a strong demonstration of the cement and concrete industry’s commitment to completely decarbonising their entire supply chain. Now we must implement this ambition with the rapid uptake of green cement and concrete across the industrial ecosystem. We look forward to seeing more cement and concrete companies join the Race to Zero and drive forward these fundamental shifts to deliver a zero-carbon world in time.”

Dinah McLeod, GCCA Chief Executive said:

“Concrete is vital to the modern world and ensuring its long-term sustainability is essential. This cannot be done by industry alone, we need collaboration across the entire value chain, through policy, investment, and by working with policymakers as well as other industries.

“Through Concrete Action for Climate, we intend to build on the commitments of our industry and create lasting change – reducing the climate impacts of concrete whilst ensuring its incredible performance benefits can help build the sustainable world of tomorrow.”

Anthony Hobley, Co-Executive Director, Mission Possible Platform & Executive Fellow, World Economic Forum, said:

“By partnering with the cement and concrete industry to reduce its carbon footprint, we are taking another crucial step towards achieving a net-zero word by 2050.

“CAC will work across the built environment value chain to create demand for green and low carbon cement and concrete, while also ensuring that the finance and policy is in place to drive innovation and a lasting change to how the industry operates.”

The launch of this initiative marks another milestone of the MPP’s efforts to help accelerate industry transition for heavy industry and mobility sectors on the pathway towards net-zero emissions, and it is the latest example of the GCCA and its member companies leading the way in carbon reduction and delivering against its climate commitments.

CAC invites companies and wider society to join this exciting movement, which can be done by –

  • Contributing to the development of key elements of how we will achieve our climate goals including supply and demand targets, policy recommendations, financing mechanisms and circularity solutions
  • Joining the cement industry net-zero roadmap and contributing to its launch in autumn
  • Participating in workshops with other subject matter experts


About CAC

The Concrete Action for Climate (CAC) is a coalition delivering net-zero cement & concrete to the world by 2050. Co-led by the World Economic Forum and the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) it represents more than 40% of global cement production. Through cross-industry and multi-stakeholder collaboration, the CAC helps drive global climate action and innovation. CAC works across the built environment value chain to create demand for green and low carbon cement. It also pulls on the financing and public policy levers to ensure the timely transition to Net Zero. 

CAC is housed by the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP), an alliance of climate leaders focused on supercharging efforts on industrial decarbonation through orchestrating high-ambition disruption through net-zero industry platforms.

If you are interested in learning more about the CAC’s work, please visit our website here missionpossiblepartnership.org/concrete or email us at concrete@missionpossiblepartnership.org.

About GCCA

Launched in January 2018, the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) is dedicated to developing and strengthening the sector’s contribution to sustainable construction. The GCCA aims to foster innovation throughout the construction value chain in collaboration with industry associations as well as architects, engineers, and innovators. In this way, the association demonstrates how concrete solutions can meet global construction challenges and sustainable development goals while showcasing responsible industrial leadership in the manufacture and use of cement and concrete. The GCCA is headquartered in London, England. It complements and supports the work done by associations at the national and regional levels. gccassociation.org

About World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. www.weforum.org

About Mission Possible Partnership (MPP)

MPP brings together the most influential global leaders in industrial decarbonisation, finance, policy and business to trigger systems change in the world’s most carbon-intensive industries. 

MPP and its core partners, ETC, RMI, The World Economic Forum and WMB is focused on seven hard to abate sectors -shipping, aviation, trucking, cement, steel, aluminium and chemicals.

Our net zero industry platforms build on growing momentum, investor pressure and consumer expectations to develop pathways to the Paris Agreement. Developed for industries by industries, their customers, suppliers and capital providers. Ambitious industries enabling ambitious action to supercharge industrial decarbonisation. missionpossiblepartnership.org

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