London, 22 October – The World Cement Association (WCA) today releases the WCA Climate Change Action Plan, the association’s manifesto for delivering its contribution to the objectives of the Paris Agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below two degrees.

The Action Plan outlines measures to help WCA members develop climate protection strategies and develop best practice. The full details of the plan will be presented in London at the WCA World Cement Conference on 5th December, in association with Intercem.

“Together with all our members, we step forward to lead the cement industry towards low-carbon production and a carbon-neutral built environment,” said Zhi Ping Song, President of the World Cement Association. “We aim to provide a framework that will enable all cement companies, including smaller ones and those in developing markets, to embrace best practice by granting them access to shared knowledge and support.”

The plan will focus on five key areas which were identified during the WCA Global Climate Change Forum, held in Paris earlier this year. One of the core elements of the Action Plan is improving transparency around greenhouse gas emissions reporting by developing new methodologies and tools for members to monitor and report their CO2 emissions.

This will enable them to effectively assess the carbon footprint of their products and participate in the “Getting the Numbers Right” global database of CO2 and energy information. Within the next two years, the WCA will develop a tailored monitoring and reporting protocol and deliver required training.

To ensure the optimal use of cement products in construction and to increase material efficiency in buildings, the WCA will advocate standards and building codes that encourage low-carbon solutions. Members commit to enhance their efforts in informing, educating and training concrete producers and users, as well as supporting the professionalisation of the construction sector, with the goal of reducing average material use and enhancing the quality and durability of buildings, thereby reducing the climate footprint.

London, 2 July 2018 – The World Cement Association (WCA) is urging the global cement industry to increase efforts to adopt new technologies faster and put greater focus on innovation in order to make crucial progress on reducing CO2 emissions.

This is the key message from last week’s WCA Global Climate Change Forum in Paris, where WCA President Zhi Ping Song told members: “no more words, but actions are needed”. Delegates also heard that current technology being deployed by the sector worldwide can only deliver 50% of the CO2 savings required to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of keeping the global temperature rise well below two degrees.

London, 21 June – The World Cement Association (WCA) today warned of the growing pressures on the global cement industry and urges leading players to act together on climate change and transition to a low carbon production, ahead of its WCA Global Climate Change Forum (GCCF) in Paris on 27 and 28 June.

With new regulations coming into force in a growing number of countries, such as the extension of the CO2 trading scheme, cement companies which are not able to limit their emissions may have to buy extra permits. China just established the world largest emission trading scheme, starting with power production facilities, and other countries might follow, affecting large parts of the cement industry. Europe has also upgraded its emissions trading scheme, and CO2 price increases are expected beyond 2020.

London, 25 May 2018 – The World Cement Association (WCA) announced today the participants for its high-level, international expert panel at the WCA Global Climate Change Forum (GCCF) which will take place in Paris on 27 and 28 June.

The event will bring together CEOs and leaders of the association’s member companies, as well as external analysts, to address the environmental challenges the cement industry faces and build momentum for joint action.

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