WCA Global Climate Change Forum


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The World Cement Association Presents

Global Climate Change Forum in Paris - 27th & 28th June

“The World Cement Association (WCA) is urging the global cement industry to increase efforts to adopt new technologies faster and put greater focus on innovation in order to make crucial progress on reducing CO2 emissions.”

This is the key message from WCA Global Climate Change Forum that took place in Paris, where WCA President Zhi Ping Song told members: “no more words, but actions are needed”. Delegates also heard that current technology being deployed by the sector worldwide can only deliver 50% of the CO2 savings required to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of keeping the global temperature rise well below two degrees.

A significant technology gap has been revealed that the cement industry needs to address if it wants to transition towards low-carbon production and to help achieve a carbon-neutral built environment. The WCA Global Climate Change Forum also heard that existing CO2 emission mitigation technologies are typically adopted too slowly, resulting in only a gradual decrease in carbon emissions associated with production processes and product end uses.

“The Global Climate Change Forum made clear the importance of stimulating innovation if we are to have any hope of achieving the Paris climate goals,” said Bernard Mathieu, Director of the WCA Climate Change Programme. “What has been very positive is to see the enthusiasm among our members for sharing knowledge and best practice, and we will continue to focus on being a platform for change, delivering concrete action against the climate challenges of today and tomorrow.”

Based on the results of the conference, the WCA will develop a Climate Change Action Plan, which will be published in September. The focus will be on clear and tangible actions for transition towards low-carbon production and will also identify successful approaches to contribute to a carbon-neutral built environment.

“Since inception the World Cement Association has championed greater collaboration and higher standards across the sector globally,” said Emir Adiguzel, Chairman of the World Cement Association. “There are few areas where this is more important than tackling climate change, and we are proud to be stepping forward to lead our industry towards a more sustainable future.”

Forum Agenda­­­­­

The Global Climate Change Forum

28 June 2018
Hilton Paris Opera - Paris, France


Opening of the meeting by Zhiping SONG, WCA President

How can the global cement sector contribute to a carbon neutral built environment?

Presentations - Debate- Questions & Answers

  • The International Energy Agency (Cecilia Tam, Acting Head of the Energy Technology and Policy Division)
    “Low Carbon Technology Roadmap for the Global Cement Sector”
  • CDP (Marco Kisic, Senior Analyst)
    “Building pressure: Which cement companies are prepared for the low carbon transition?”
  • International Finance Corporation (Alzbeta Klein, Director Climate Business) “Construction Materials and Their Role in Carbon-Neutral Built Environment”
  • World Green Building Council (Terri Wills, CEO)
    “The low carbon transition in the global construction sector”
  • International Chamber of Commerce (Majda Dabaghi, Senior Policy Executive – Environment and Energy)
    “Which enabling regulatory framework does business need?”

Views and actions from the Global Cement Sector: Innovation at every level! 

Presentations - Debate- Questions & Answers

  • Sinoma International Engineering Co., Ltd. (Dr Tongbo Sui, Vice President)
    “Progressing towards a Sustainable China Cement Industry”
  • The EPFL University of Lausanne (Dr Karen Scrivener, Professor) and Cementis GmbH (Anne Dekeukelaere, Managing Director) 
    “LC3: a breakthrough for the cement industry”
  • Urbasolar (Arnaud Mine, President & Founder)
    “Deployment of Renewable Energy in the Cement Sector: opportunities from photovoltaic”
  • SPIRE (Daniel Gauthier, Chairman)
    “The European Research and Innovation Public Private Partnership and its contribution to a “well-below 2 degrees” and circular future”

The World Cement Association Climate Action Plan

Close of the meeting by Zhiping SONG, WCA President


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Hilton Paris Opera Hotel
108 rue Saint-Lazare - 75008, Paris, France 

Bernard Mathieu
Director Climate Programme, World Cement Association.

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Every Member and Delegate accepts the WCA Rules of Conduct and agrees to abide in full compliance with the letter and spirit of the antitrust laws and shall not use membership of the Association or any Association function or event to circumvent or breach antitrust laws. Members will follow the Guidance on Avoiding Anti-Competitive Practices issued by the Association.