New partnership agreed between UNIDO and GCCA to drive decarbonisation of the industry

A landmark agreement has been signed by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) to work together to decarbonize the cement and concrete industries, with a strong focus on the South.

New partnership agreed between UNIDO and GCCA to drive decarbonisation of the industry

UNIDO supports its 172 member states with economic and industrial development, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With its many years of experience in sustainable energy projects and the application of clean energy technologies in industry, UNIDO successfully collaborates with a wide range of partners who support industries worldwide on their path to net-zero emissions.

The GCCA is the main membership body of the cement and concrete industry, representing 80% of cement production outside China, as well as a number of leading Chinese manufacturers. Together with its members, it is leading the sector’s work to decarbonize the economy, through the implementation of the GCCA 2050 Net Zero Concrete Roadmap.

Cement and concrete are essential materials, vital to modern infrastructure, used for homes, hospitals, bridges, tunnels, roads and much more. But its production and widespread use (concrete is the most used material on earth after water) are responsible for about 7% of the world’s CO2 emissions.2 emissions.

The two organizations have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in which they will collaborate on key sustainability and decarbonization issues.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Austria, Gerd Müller, Director General of UNIDO, said:

“Cement and concrete are an essential part of developing a resilient infrastructure. Globally decarbonizing the cement and concrete sector is essential for reducing CO2 emissions2 emissions and tackling climate change. The GCCA and its members are leading the way for this important global industry. Our UNIDO Member States face a number of technical, market and policy hurdles that make decarbonization commitments even more challenging. That is why I am very pleased to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the GCCA and start a new phase of closer cooperation that will help our Member States overcome these challenges.”

Thomas Guillot, CEO of GCCA, said:

“Through our Net Zero Roadmap and the accelerator program we have established, we are already working with policymakers, governments and industry to overcome the procurement and resource challenges in the Global South. Having this groundbreaking agreement with UNIDO is a natural progression that we hope will accelerate progress in a meaningful way.”

The partnership agreement includes commitments to:

  • Provide recommendations to decision makers to create the right market environment for the development of cement and concrete with low or near zero emissions.
  • Develop innovative technology solutions to help meet net-zero commitments.
  • Organize joint international industry and government events.
  • Joint writing and publishing of documents, recommendations and research tools.
  • Identify promising companies and innovative solutions and present them at relevant events and in publications.

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