China Cement Association (CCA), which represents more than 50% of the world’s cement production, and the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), whose members account for 80% of cement production capacity outside of China, have signed a historic pledge to collaborate on sustainability and the development of low-carbon cement.
The historic agreement will also see the development, and launch later this year, of a whole value chain China Cement Carbon Neutrality Roadmap which will set out a commitment and pathway to fully decarbonize the cement industry in China.
The GCCA, having launched a global net zero roadmap in 2021, will assist with its development alongside Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd., the world’s largest cement technology and equipment company, and the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) who will also provide technical input.
The agreement formally covers the next three years of cooperation and provides a platform for wider communication and exchange.
Launching the agreement at a signing ceremony in Beijing. Kong Xiangzhong, executive president of CCA said: “This important agreement marks a win-win cooperation and shows where we can collaborate effectively to bring insights, technical know-how, and greater focus to our shared decarbonisation mission. I am sure this will create a mutually beneficial and long-term partnership that will be crucial in building a more sustainable world.”
Thomas Guillot, GCCA CEO said: “The world needs leadership and collaboration like never before, especially in addressing the key issue of our time, climate change. This agreement between the China industry and the global industry is a signal to the world that we stand ready to deliver the essential decarbonised building materials that our planet needs.
“Cement and concrete enable the key infrastructure, thriving and resilient communities, clean water, safe homes, and the shift to clean energy that is essential to a future sustainable world. Working with our new partners in China means our net zero focus and our action every day is now a truly global mission.”