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GCCA Chief Executive comments on latest IPCC climate change report

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Thomas Guillot, Chief Executive of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), speaking about the latest IPCC climate change report, said: “The GCCA welcomes the IPCC’s latest report and the urgency it attributes to the climate crisis. The world must work together to avoid catastrophe. Our industry is fully committed to building a more sustainable world and is acting today to make lasting changes."

"Responding to the call for action, we have just announced a worldwide Net Zero Accelerator programme for our industry – including a big focus on the ‘global south’. The initiative signals the start of the national and regional phase of the industry’s 2050 Net Zero Global Roadmap, which emphasises the importance of local action and policymaking to help us achieve full decarbonisation.

The IPCC report makes clear that capturing the emissions of industry processes is going to be part of the solution. Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) is crucial for the cement sector. CCUS rollout has momentum. Live pilots, projects and announcements are picking up pace and can be seen in China, North America, India and Europe. This technology works, and the industry’s next goal is to move from pilots to full scale commercial roll out. As part of our roadmap, we and our members have committed to the completion of ten full scale CCUS plants by 2030, and the rapid deployment thereafter to get to net zero.”

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