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Cement Sustainability Initiative to transfer to GCCA

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The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is to transfer from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) from 1 January 2019. The transfer is part of a new strategic partnership signed between the WBCSD and the GCCA that aims to facilitate sustainable development in the cement and concrete sectors.

“The GCCA and WBSCD are natural partners in sustainable developments,” said Albert Manifold, GCCA President. “This long-term agreement formalises our relationship, enabling the two organisations to work together efficiently on our many common objectives and areas of interest.”

Established in 1999, the CSI is a global effort by 24 major cement producers to advance sustainable development. Over its history, the organisation has focused on understanding, measuring, managing and minimising the impacts of cement production and use by addressing a range of issues including: climate change, fuel use, employee health and safety, airborne emissions, concrete recycling and quarry management.

“Transferring the activities of the CSI to the GCCA is a logical step and further underlines the cement and concrete sector’s commitment to advance sustainable development across the construction cycle,” continued Manifold, who is also CEO of Irish building materials company, CRH, a founding member of the GCCA.

“We are very pleased to announce this partnership between GCCA and WBCSD, which will build on the legacy of the CSI – a key WBCSD sector project since 1999 - to facilitate the sustainable development of the cement and concrete sectors and their value chain partners." said Peter White, Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of WBCSD. "We commend the sector’s commitment to advancing sustainability and look forward to the synergies this partnership will bring to our two organisations.”

The work carried out by CSI will transfer from WBCSD to the GCCA on 1 January 2019 with activities managed out of the GCCA’s London offices.

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