Cement and the Climate Challenge
Cement production accounts for approximately 5% of CO2 emissions across the world, and this means the cement industry has an important role to play in reducing its emissions intensity.
Cement is the “glue” in concrete. Concrete is an essential building material used across the world in buildings and infrastructure. In terms of total volumes consumed every year, it is second only to water. Demand for cement is forecast to grow significantly, driven by ongoing building requirements as well as increasing infrastructure needs in developing countries.
The cement industry believes it is essential to:
- measure CO2 emissions from the cement sector and monitor their evolution;
- identify existing and new technologies that help to reduce emissions; and
- promote cross‐industry collaboration.
Cement producers across the world acknowledge that the sector has a crucial role to play in tackling the climate challenge. As part of their commitment to reduce energy consumption and emission levels, the sector is implementing measures including:
- energy efficiency;
- alternative fuel use and other fuel switching, including co-processing;
- clinker substitution;
- carbon capture and storage (CCS).