Global groups shift duties to further cement, concrete sustainability

Sources: Global Cement and Concrete Association, London; Cement Sustainability Initiative, Geneva; CP staff

A strategic partnership between the recently chartered Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is intended to facilitate sustainable development of the cement and concrete sectors and their value chains, while creating work program synergies benefitting both organizations’ members. Work from the WBCSD-hosted Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) will be transferred to GCCA in 2019. 

“The GCCA and WBCSD are natural partners. This long-term agreement formalizes our relationship, enabling the two organizations to work together efficiently on our many common objectives and areas of interest,” says GCCA President and CRH Plc CEO Albert Manifold. “Transferring the activities of the CSI to GCCA is a logical step and further underlines the cement and concrete sector’s commitment to advance sustainable development across the construction cycle. As the authoritative worldwide voice of cement and concrete, the GCCA is ideally placed to take this work to the next level, building on the strong foundations established by WBCSD.”

Established in 1999 and now representing 24 major cement producers, the CSI focuses on understanding, measuring, managing and minimizing the impacts of cement production and use by addressing climate change, energy consumption, employee health and safety, airborne emissions, concrete recycling and quarry management.


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