October 2020: Update from WCA

London, 16th October 2020

Update from WCA 

New Initiatives & Programmes Launched, Partner Events & Member Discounts

Message from the CEO

"We hope you are safe and well, and that your business has been resilient in the face of COVID-19’s challenges. The last 6 months has seen many changes at WCA as we have tried to adapt to a new environment in which travel is not possible. Many of you will have attended our webinars and seen the video interviews with executives of members around the world. We have also started Pegasus 2020, a multi-company benchmarking and performance improvement project. If you are not already participating in this and would like to do so, please let me know. This month has seen the Professional Committees change to a “remote native” mode, which I hope will facilitate regular meetings. We have also implemented professional networks to give the committees a channel of communications with members. These will be holding their first meetings in the next few weeks. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or comments to share on any of the below." - Ian Riley, WCA CEO

General Assembly 2020:

Due to the travel restrictions in place as a result of the COVID pandemic, 2020’s General Assembly for all WCA Members will be held fully online on 10th December, 10-12.30 London time. 10-11am will be open to Primary Representatives only, for the formal session and the election of directors, followed by another session 11-12.30, open to all employees of WCA members, consisting of a keynote speech, updates from Ian Riley, and presentations from the professional committees. More details on this will be circulated separately.


Following the success of the WCA webinars during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are launching the first cement industry podcast series, the “Clinker Factor”. In the first season, Ian Riley will talk to industry leaders, experts and technological innovators from across the globe, bringing insights and fresh perspectives on how the cement sector can decarbonise and improve sustainability. The first episode, on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and its impact on the European cement industry, with guest speakers Vincent Lefebvre, Anne Dekeukelaere and Michael Mehling, is available to listen to now on this link, or alternatively, on Spotify and iTunes.


We have successfully launched our four professional committees and networks. These committees are:

  • Technology & Innovation
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Marketing & Logistics
  • Safety & Health

WCA Corporate and Associate Corporate Members can nominate up to three representatives per network. If you have not yet nominated and wish to be involved, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Find out more about the committees on the Public page here, and access meeting minutes and technical reports in the Members' Area here (Member Login required).


In September 2020, WCA kicked off Phase 1 of PEGASUS 2020, the first of its kind global benchmarking, plant evaluation and gap analysis programme, with 11 participating Corporate Members and over 100 plants.

Read the press release here, and find out more about the project here (login required)

Partner Events:

WCA has partnered with several events that are of interest to our members. Please see the details for each below.

CoalTrans World Coal Leaders Network (26-28 October 2020)

Virtual World Coal Leaders Network 2020 is your annual opportunity to join the critical conversations with coal industry leaders and access up to the minute supply and demand forecasts.

Gain unique insights for your business from leading international coal buyersproducers and industry analysts, free of charge, to include direct access for one month to 300+ on the digital network with unlimited 1 to 1 meetings and 30+ presentations.

Main topic areas include:

What is the future for the coal industry in today’s markets? 

  • Up to the minute coal supply and demand forecasts
  • Short and long term impacts of COVID on international coal markets
  • Investing in the future of coal producing regions

Power Generation and Energy Trading

  • The role of coal for energy generation: measuring the real cost of switching
  • Outlook for thermal coal
  • Responsible sourcing and impact of ESG on demand
  • Risk management and energy price modelling

Coal Demand for Cement and Steel Production

  • Metcoal forecast: key supply and demand drivers
  • Metcoal consumers panel
  • Reliability and sustainability in the cement supply chain
  • Spotlight on cement manufacturing in Egypt

International Coal Market Outlooks: Special focus country spotlights on: China, India, Russia, Indonesia, South Africa & Turkey.

Register here, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions around the event, or if you need help registering. 


Global Concrete Summit (30th Nov-10th Dec 2020)

Join the first Global Concrete Summit conference and expo, online from November 30-December 10. Hosted by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Grey Matters, the Summit is designed to bring practitioners, researchers and policy makers together to exchange the latest ideas, knowledge, and tools to build the future of concrete construction. The conference provides learning and networking opportunities on the latest innovations, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete design, construction and manufacturing.

Use Discount Code WCA40 at checkout to receive a 40% discount on your registration fee.

Contact Lionel Lemay, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1-847-922-7995 for any queries regarding this event.


Decarb Connect Digital Festival (26-28th January 2021)

The Decarb Connect Digital Festival is an international meeting that champions the strategies & solutions that will fast track the decarbonisation of the toughest-to-abate sectors. We bring together hundreds of industrials, investors, policymakers, game changing technologies and innovators – all sharing evidence-based strategies and live project feedback that will inspire all stakeholders to rise to the net zero challenge. New technologies, business models and collaboration models will be the backbone of decarbonisation – join us to find out how new these strategies and projects are being deployed.

Members of the World Cement Association can benefit from a 40% saving on any ticket purchased before 31st December 2020 – use this code when you book: WCA40

For more information visit our website or contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Decarb Connect are also carrying our a cross-sectoral benchmarking survey of hard-to-abate industries, which you can fill out here


CBI AFARM Brazil – (19-20th May 2021), Sao Paulo, Brazil

Cement Business and Industry (CBI) Brazil & LatAm & Alternative Fuels and Raw Materials (ARM) 2021 brings together over 150 stakeholders and international cement producers, equipment vendors, strategy and M&A, financial, sales and marketing and trading. The 2021 edition will also place a focus on the lime industry.

GMI Global is offering WCA members an exclusive 2 for 1 offer on delegate passes 

To find out more, visit the CBI website here. For sales and more information on the exclusive 2 for 1 offer, please email Karol Henriques - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.