Clinker Factor - Episode #30

12 June 2023 - In this episode, Ian Riley speaks to Fabien Charbonnel, CEO of WCA Corporate Member - Cem'In'Eu, about the changing requirements of his customers, the impact of the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), and the development of low carbon cement.

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Cement production is responsible for approximately 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions and is possibly the hardest to abate sector. In this podcast series, the World Cement Association’s CEO, Ian Riley, talks 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. Suitable for anyone interested in climate change mitigation and industrial sustainability.


Ian Riley

Clinker Factor Host: CEO, World Cement Association

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1979, Mr Riley worked in a number of management roles in the UK, the USA, Australia and Japan before moving to China in 1998. He was General Manager of a British project management and consulting firm, based in Shanghai and also Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai before joining Holcim/Huaxin in 2006.

As Huaxin VP responsible for international business, strategy and sustainability, he oversaw Huaxin’s first overseas venture in Tajikistan. Mr Riley was Greater China Country Head for LafargeHolcim from 2014 to 2019.  He has been CEO of WCA since September 1, 2019.

Fabien Charbonnel

Clinker Factor Guest: CEO, Cem'In'Eu & WCA Director

Mr. Charbonnel has been CEO of Cem'In'Eu since 2016, with extensive experience in the cement and concrete industry and comprehensive knowledge of the Western Europe Market; including the development of 7 cement grinding unit projects in France and Poland.

Responsible for the management of the impact of Covid19 (2020) and energy crisis (2022) on the activity and P&L. Long term investment experience in decarbonisation of cement, reduction of clinker factor and product innovation, ETS and CBAM. Wide knowledge of European standards of the industry. Experienced with following industry associations (Cembureau, Cimbeton/SFIC in France, Febelcem/CRIC in Belgium).