Enterprise Ireland Becomes Affiliate Member of WCA

London, 27 January 2022 – The World Cement Association (WCA) announced today it has further expanded its international network of members by welcoming Enterprise Ireland as an Affiliate Member.

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish government trade and innovation agency, responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. It represents a cluster of over 450 Irish companies that supply products and services in to the international and domestic construction industries. Ireland’s construction industry has a strong reputation for delivering large, complex projects internationally, and delivering the innovations that are shaping the future of construction.

Supporting Irish companies to reduce their carbon footprint and capitalise on opportunities emerging from the low-carbon transition is a key strategic priority for Enterprise Ireland. The agency has introduced initiatives including a Climate Enterprise Action Fund to achieve this ambition.

“Our Association needs, more than ever, partners that can share new ideas on responsible business and promoting sustainable approaches and practices within the cement industry’’ said Ian Riley, CEO at WCA. “I am especially happy to be welcoming Enterprise Ireland and look forward to working together to help our members expand and innovate, promote fair competition and integrity in our industry, and explore opportunities for growth in Ireland and beyond.”

“Construction companies have an important role to play in reducing emissions and building a more sustainable future. We have been especially impressed with the way WCA is helping its members to decarbonise,” said Leo Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Ireland. “We look forward to collaborating with WCA and its members, to explore and promote sustainable business practices, to support the construction industry on its decarbonisation journey.”

Affiliate Membership is designed for regional or national cement associations and other partner groups, which are not-for-profit organisations working in areas related to the objectives of the WCA. Through this membership, WCA invites such organisations to be part of its network and together improve industry standards worldwide.