DUBAI, UAE — The Canadian government and the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) have announced the launch of a partnership that aims to decarbonize cement and concrete use, aiming for net-zero by 2050.
The Cement and Concrete Breakthrough initiative was unveiled Dec. 6 at COP28 in Dubai.
Participating countries will share best practices on a range of policies and other measures to decarbonize the cement and concrete sector, following up on Canada’s Roadmap to Net-Zero Carbon Concrete by 2050.
The sector joins the building sector as part of a global Breakthrough Agenda that now cover sectors responsible for more than 60 per cent of global emissions.
Joining Canada and the UAE to endorse the Cement and Concrete Breakthrough initiative were Germany, Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
“We support and welcome the launch of the cement breakthrough initiative,” said Thomas Guillot, chief executive of the Global Cement and Concrete Association, in a statement. “Cement and concrete are essential for so much of our modern world and will also be needed for meeting the challenges ahead.
“We are delighted to work with the cement breakthrough initiative and the government of Canada to accelerate the transition.”