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UN to discuss role of cement and concrete industry in combatting climate change

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The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) will join national leaders, as well as those from finance, business, and civil society, at the 2019 Climate Action Summit to be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Convened by the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, the Climate Action Summit aims to galvanise action on climate change and implementation of the Paris Agreement.

As part of the summit, GCCA CEO, Benjamin Sporton, has been invited to moderate a session that will consider the cement and concrete industry’s role in combatting climate change. The session will be hosted at the UN headquarters on 21 September 2019.

The session will focus on areas that require cross-industry and multi-stakeholder collaboration, such as the setting of standards, the development of unified policy goals, and promoting innovation to reduce carbon emissions from cement manufacturing.

“The GCCA and its members are committed to creating an industry that is at the forefront of sustainability and climate protection,” said Sporton. “To this end, we are delighted to attend the Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit and play our part in finding solutions to this greatest of challenges.

“Concrete will play a key role in building the sustainable cities and communities of tomorrow – providing safe homes, clean water, and resilient infrastructure. Action taken in our own industry has already seen specific emissions of CO2 decrease by 18%/tonne of cement production since 1990, and through innovation we are dedicated to playing our role in ensuring a future sustainable world.

“The industry is showing its commitment and ambition to helping reach the commitments set out under the Paris Agreement. I will be pleased to share the stage with representatives from our industry to discuss our vision for a sustainable industry,” concluded Sporton.

The cement and concrete session in one of a number dedicated to a range of industries under the theme ‘Industry Transition Towards Carbon Neutrality by 2050’.

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