Researchers, Cement Companies Meet to Focus on Decarbonization Efforts

Representatives of more than 75 renowned academic institutions and businesses from across the world have gathered in New Delhi, India, to take part in the Innovandi Global Cement and Concrete Research Network (GCCRN) Spring Week to help drive critical research and innovation toward decarbonization of concrete.

“Global Innovation collaboration and research will help unlock our industry’s decarbonization mission. Spring Week is the key date in the GCCA’s Innovandi calendar. It provides an opportunity for our partners to meet face-to-face, exchange ideas, run workshops, and measure progress on key research projects in line with our industry’s 2050 Net Zero Roadmap,” said Claude Loréa, innovation and ESG director at the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA). “Our industry and our key partners are stepping up to the challenge and its fantastic to see the progress on some of the 75 PhD candidates supported by the GCCRN.”

In addition, those attending the Spring Week also get an opportunity to hear about progress being made by projects involved with the Innovandi Open Challenge. The global initiative matches start-ups with GCCA member companies from around the world, to help scale up research and technical innovation. Two of the six start-ups selected last year in the first ever Innovandi Open Challenge, which focused mainly on carbon capture and utilization, have already gone to pilot stage. Applications for the 2nd Challenge, which focuses on low carbon concrete, close on May 15.

The GCCRN was set up by the Global Cement and Concrete Association. All GCCA member companies are committed to decarbonizing the industry by the mid-21st century, in line with the GCCA’s Concrete Future 2050 Net Zero Roadmap – the first global ‘heavy’ industry to set out such a detailed plan.

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