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Canada commits to global cement decarbonization

Canada commits to global cement decarbonization

OTTAWA — The federal government has announced it will participate in a global effort to decarbonize the cement and concrete sector, as outlined in a protocol called Cement and Concrete Breakthrough Priority Actions.

This follows the launch of the Cement and Concrete Breakthrough initiative, co-led by Canada and the United Arab Emirates, at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference in December 2023, stated a release.

Priority actions centre on five themes: definitions, standards and certification; demand creation; collaboration, education, innovation and scale-up of existing technology; finance and investment, and relevant ecosystem; and landscape co-ordination.

The cement and concrete sector accounts for approximately seven per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions stated the release. The partners said they are aiming to make near-zero-emission cement the preferred choice globally by 2030.

In November 2022, the federal government and the Cement Association of Canada launched the Roadmap to Net-Zero Carbon Concrete by 2050, an initiative to eliminate more than 15 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

In addition, as part of its $5.3-billion climate finance commitment, Environment and Climate Change Canada has announced funding of $8 million over three years, 2023–2026, to help Thailand strengthen climate governance and decarbonize its cement and concrete sector, in line with its national climate targets under the Paris Agreement.

“These priority actions are backed by numerous governments, all working toward the common goal of achieving near-zero emission cement, a product vital to the growth of global economies,” stated Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Francois-Philippe Champagne in a statement.

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