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GCCA launches sustainability guidelines

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The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has published its first six sustainability guidelines. The association, aiming to make progress on cement and concrete’s environmental leadership, represents cement and concrete producers from around the world.

The six guidelines include a number of simple, reliable, and representative key performance indicators, against which full member companies must monitor and report on their sustainability performance. This will be done across a number of key activities.

The guidelines include monitoring and reporting on CO2 emissions, as well as other emissions from cement manufacturing; the co-processing of fuels and materials; safety; and water usage.

Full GCCA members will have their data and targets verified and reported publicly, in order to achieve extended compliance. The GCCA intends to communicate data publicly in a consolidated format.

Last month, the GCCA published a sustainability charter, setting out five key pillars that encompass the sustainability spectrum of the cement and concrete sector.

“The sustainability guidelines are important as they provide the industry and stakeholders with a means to document and improve the sustainability performance of the global cement and concrete sectors against the GCCA sustainability charter,” said Claude Lorea, Cement Director at the GCCA. “Signing up to the guidelines emphasises the cement and concrete sector’s commitment to sustainable development, including its critical work to reducing global CO2 emissions.

“It is great to launch the first six of our sustainability guidelines immediately after the completion of COP24. You might say the guidelines are our rulebook! The sector is determined to keep up the momentum and demonstrate leadership in sustainability – that is what our GCCA members are committed to and these guidelines will help ensure that we keep on track.”

The GCCA is working towards a global membership that will represent 50% of cement production worldwide.

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