Fernando A. González, CEO of Cemex, will succeed outgoing Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) President Jan Jenisch, CEO of Holcim.
“It is a great honor to be president of the GCCA, particularly as we enter this ‘decade to deliver,’ a period during which we must accelerate our decarbonization efforts,” said González. “My number-one priority as the new president of the GCCA is to collaborate closely with governments and industry to evolve the regulatory framework in ways that promote a more circular, lower-carbon economy.”
The priorities for González’s two-year term include:
- Encouraging regulation that diverts municipal and industrial waste from landfills to waste to energy solutions including substitution of fossil fuels in cement kilns.
- Promoting building codes and norms that allow the extensive adoption of lower-carbon cement and concrete products.
- Establishing market-driving carbon pricing mechanisms that incentivize decarbonization and investment in carbon reduction technologies.
- Seek funding and alliances to develop new technologies that reduce carbon emissions in the cement manufacturing process and accelerate the development and scaling of carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies.
GCCA members account for 80% of global cement production capacity outside of China and have committed to achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.