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WCA conference emphasises decarbonisation

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

This is a key message from the third WCA World Cement conference that took place on 10 September in Shanghai, where the association’s president, Song Zhiping, emphasised the importance of an industry-wide response to climate change.

“WCA supports a sustainable cement industry and encourages technical development and other steps to achieve full decarbonisation,” said Mr Song.

Nearly 400 delegates heard how the cement sector is making efforts globally to move to more sustainable production methods, including the use of alternative fuels and artificial intelligence to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions.

Representatives from the leading international cement companies covered the worldwide industry outlook and provided the latest information on development in equipment and technology.

“What has been very positive is to see the enthusiasm among our members for sharing knowledge and best practice, and we also received positive feedback from the delegates on both the conference organisation and the content of presentations,” said Ian Riley, CEO of the WCA. “We will continue to focus on being a platform for change, delivering concrete actions against the climate changes of today and tomorrow.”

In his keynote speech, President Song also emphasised the role of the WCA as the voice of the global cement industry and praised its founding principle of equal representation: “All WCA members have the same rights, whether large or small, whether from emerging economies or developed countries. We aim to provide a platform where even the smallest producers have a voice, and to offer services to help members improve their business through knowledge exchange and the sharing of best practices.”

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