European cement industry strives for carbon neutral cement and concrete along the value chain by 2050
Cembureau, the Association of the European Cement Industry, has announced its intention to make a decisive contribution to the Green Deal by striving for carbon neutrality along the cement and concrete value chain by 2050.
To that effect, Cembureau will undertake a review of the targets set out in its 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap (2013/2018) in order to align the industry’s efforts with the carbon neutrality objectives contained in the European Green Deal published last month. Following this reassessment, the industry will publish a revised low-carbon roadmap setting out the key role of cement and concrete in the circular economy and a path to achieving carbon neutrality along its value chain in Europe by 2050. Cembureau expects the revised roadmap to be published early spring 2020.
Raoul de Parisot, Cembureau President, said: “As an industry we are determined to ensure that we play our part in helping Europe to meet its emissions reduction targets. With concrete, our industry has a sustainable building material that is uniquely positioned as an essential enabler of the transition to a carbon neutral society. The sustainability benefits of concrete as a locally manufactured product, including its durability, thermal mass, recyclability, and its carbon uptake, make it the building material of choice for the construction of the sustainable buildings and infrastructure needed to address the challenges posed by climate change.”
Koen Coppenholle, Cembureau Chief Executive, added: “Our revised low-carbon roadmap will be aligned with the Green Deal ambition of a carbon neutral Europe, looking at all actions and policy levers needed to achieve carbon neutrality along the cement and concrete value chain. It is already clear that the forward-looking policies of our industry on innovation, waste, CO2 transportation networks, access to affordable energy and sustainable construction will play a leading role.”
Significant progress has already been made by the industry in Europe to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Through a continued focus on innovation, a competitive cement industry will remain anchored in Europe’s economy.