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Cement industry should step up to tackle future challenges

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Zhi Ping Song, President of the World Cement Association (WCA) and Chairman of China National Building Material Co. (CNBM), has called on the cement industry to take the initiative tin tackling the challenges it is likely to face in the years ahead, particularly in the area of climate change.

“There are some storm clouds gathering on the horizon for the cement industry, and we must work together now to repair the roof while the sun is still shining,” said Song. “This will require all stakeholders, regardless of size, group or country, to cooperate internationally and share best practice.”

Among these efforts, the WCA is hosting the WCA Global Climate Change Forum in Paris in June. The forum will address some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing the sector, aiming to develop a strategy to improve the global image of the industry.

Song also emphasised the importance of engaging with stakeholders in emerging markets, where much of the world’s new cement capacity is being planned.

WCA has welcomed 16 cement producers into membership over the past six months, representing installed capacity of around 1 billion tpy. The news members are based in 13 difference countries in four continents.

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