In its Green Deal published in late 2019, the EU recognised the cement sector as indispensable to Europe’s economy, as a supplier to several key value chains. Indeed, we agree, and believe our industry is an enabler for a Green Deal. For a summary of how we are contributing to the Green Deal, read our leaflet here.
Ready for Climate Neutrality
As outlined in our Roadmap, and through our 5C Approach, the European cement industry aims to achieve carbon neutrality along the cement-concrete value chain by 2050. We are ready!
Read all about our 2050 plans and ambitions in our updated roadmap here.
Carbon neutral by 2050 – this is our ambition.
CEMBUREAU’s Carbon Neutrality Roadmap sets out the cement industry’s ambition to reach net zero emissions along the cement and concrete value chain by 2050.
The Roadmap looks at how CO2 emissions can be reduced by acting at each stage of the value chain – clinker, cement, concrete, construction and (re)carbonation – to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. It quantifies the role of each technology in providing CO2 emissions savings, making concrete political and technical recommendations to support this objective.
- To get there, the sector will need decisive political action from the EU will be required in some key areas, including:
- The development of a pan-European CO2 transportation and storage network;
- Decisive action on circular economy to support the use of non-recyclable waste and biomass waste in cement production;
- Ambitious policies to reduce European building’s CO2 footprint, based on a life-cycle approach, that incentivise the market uptake of low-carbon cements;
- A level playing field on carbon, regulatory certainty and an ambitious industrial transformation agenda.
By 2030, CEMBUREAU aspires to be in line with the Paris Agreement’s two degrees scenario, reducing CO2 emissions by 30% for cement and 40% down the value chain.