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Concrete industry signs on to 2050 net-zero plan

DCN-JOC News Services
Concrete industry signs on to 2050 net-zero plan

SASKATOON, SASK. — The federal government and representatives of Canada’s concrete industry have jointly released a plan to reduce carbon usage in the sector to new lows by 2030 and 2050.

Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Francois-Philippe Champagne was joined by Marie Glenn, chair of the board of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC), and Adam Auer, president and CEO of the CAC, as they released the Roadmap to Net-Zero Carbon Concrete by 2050. As a first step, stated a Nov. 9 release, the roadmap includes the Action Plan to 2030, which contains three priority strategies: promoting Canadian market development; advancing innovation and transition in the industry; and positioning Canada as a world leader in the production, adoption and export of low-carbon cement and concrete products and technologies.

The government and industry will collaborate through industrial decarbonization projects, research and development, and standards and skills development.

The Roadmap to Net-Zero Carbon Concrete was spearheaded by a joint government-industry working group, co-led by the CAC and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

The federal government has also committed to co-lead the Glasgow Breakthrough on Cement and Concrete, an international framework for carbon reduction in the industry.

Concrete is the most used building material on the planet, and the cement needed to make that concrete accounts for seven per cent of global CO2 emissions and about 1.5 per cent of Canada’s.

“Decarbonizing concrete is a necessity, and Canada’s cement and concrete industry has demonstrated that it is up to the task,” stated Glenn. “This roadmap demonstrates our industry’s leadership in CO2 emissions reduction and positions us to achieve our goal of net-zero cement by 2050.”

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