At a conference in Zurich, the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres issued a call to action, alongside the CEOs of major cement and concrete manufacturers, for the industry to redouble its efforts and work in partnership with governments to reach net zero.
Concrete is the second most-used material on earth after water and is the backbone of modern infrastructure. It is used to build homes, roads, bridges and tunnels, and helps to provide clean water and green energy. But with so much of it used around the world, it currently accounts for 7% of global CO2 emissions. The world’s leading manufacturers – all members of the Global Cement and Concrete Association – have pledged to eliminate those emissions by 2050, in line with GCCA’s Roadmap for Net Zero Concrete.