The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and its regional affiliate Federación Interamericana del Cemento (FICEM) announced the next steps in accelerating decarbonization in the Latin America region during Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week.
The associations are partnering to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint in the region with Colombia set to be in the first wave of GCCA’s Net Zero Accelerator initiative, joining Egypt, Thailand and India. These countries combined represent approximately 10% of global cement and concrete production.
“Last year our industry made a breakthrough Net Zero global commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, and we are now driving action in Latin America to make real change in one of the regions predicted to use the most concrete and cement in the coming decades,” said Thomas Guillot, GCCA chief executive. “Our Roadmap Accelerator program, previewed today by our members and affiliate at Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week, highlights the tailored policies and tools we will use to ensure that Net Zero concrete and cement is achieved by 2050.”
FICEM Executive Director Maria Jose Garcia added, “We are focused on innovation to support the Net Zero goal in our region. The Accelerator initiative will help our efforts to identify the barriers to decarbonization and recommend key actions, including encouraging government policies that can have an immediate impact.”
GCCA said its member companies from the Latin America region include CEMEX, Cementos Argos, Cementos Progreso, GCC, Votorantim, and Pacasmayo and UNACEM, along with FICEM’s members, which include Domicem and Melón.