WCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Riley as CEO of WCA effective September 1, 2019. Ian has many years of international experience in Europe, America and Asia, most recently in China where he was the country manager for LafargeHolcim from 2008 until earlier this year. Ian’s industry and international experience will be extremely helpful in the next stage of WCA’s development.

The president of the World Cement Association (WCA), Song Zhiping, has presented his plans for the decarbonisation of the global cement industry, taking another step in promoting the sustainable development of the sector.

In a keynote speech at the World Bank’s Energy and New Climate Economy Plenary in Washington DC on 5 March 2019, Zhiping outlined five measures that will lead the cement industry towards low-carbon production and a carbon-neutral built environment. These include the following:

  • The use of alternative raw materials and fuels to reduce the generation of CO2.
  • The use of waste heat recovery systems and clean energy, such as solar and wind power, to cut the consumption of fossil energy.
  • Innovation and management optimisation in process, technology, and equipment to lower the energy consumption per unit production.
  • The adoption of carbon capture technology to recycle CO2.
  • The promotion of using high-grade cement, special cement, ready-mixed concrete, and cement products to reduce cement production and cut carbon intensity.

WCA President Song Zhiping Participated in World Bank’s Energy and the New Climate Economy Plenary to deliver a keynote speech entitled ‘World Cement Industry Dedicated to Seeking Low-carbon Development Paths’

The flagship learning forum, with the theme of Defying the Future: Frontier Solutions for a Changing World, was held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC from March 4 to 15, 2019.

Given the WCA President Song Zhiping’s leadership in the global cement industry and recent focus on climate change, the World Bank, the IFC and the MIGA invited him to participate in the event Energy and the New Climate Economy: Transforming Hard to Abate Sectors.

London, 5 December – The World Cement Association has said it expects global cement demand growth to slow next year, as the positive outlook and signs of recovery seen in the second half of 2016 have started to fade away in the face of rising downside risks emerging in Q2 2018. 

WCA forecasts that in 2019 world cement demand will grow by 1.5%. China’s dwindling needs are a significant factor, but even excluding this, overall demand will only rise by 2.8% in 2019, lagging the levels of global economic growth anticipated by the IMF.

Escalating trade wars between US and China and its disruptive spill-over impact cause a serious setback for the global growth. Economic growth expectations have deteriorated in developed markets on the back of higher trade costs and tightening financial policies, as well as in major emerging markets due to higher borrowing costs, vulnerable exchange rates and reduced capital inflow.

In 2019, the WCA expects the US cement market will grow at a moderate pace, around 3% lower than that seen in 2018, after upside associated with the Trump administration’s large infrastructure investments has failed to materialise.

London/Beijing, 19 November 2018 - The World Cement Association (WCA) announced today the opening of its World Cement Association Beijing and President’s office. The facility will be an addition to the association’s headquarters in London and will be located at the building of China National Building Material Group (CNBM).

“We are delighted to further expand our presence in China by opening our World Cement Association Beijing and President’s office”, said Norman Greig, Secretary General of the World Cement Association. “As the producer of more than 50 per cent of the world’s cement, China plays an important role in the global cement industry, so I am very pleased that CNBM is giving us the opportunity to open an office in China.”

The office will also include the WCA Technology Centre, the WCA Research Institute and WCA Climate Change liaison. The Beijing site will allow the association to deepen its ties with Chinese cement producers and other stakeholders and to build links and share best practice with surrounding markets.

The WCA will hold its General Assembly and WCA World Cement Conference in association with Intercem at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on 5 December. WCA members and stakeholder will come together to discuss future challenges for the industry, such as digitalisation, demand and supply and climate change. Registration is now open, for more information visit: http://www.worldcementassociation.org/ga

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