The role of cement in the
2050 Low Carbon Economy


Mankind’s invention of concrete has been a key event in evolution. Its simplicity, durability, strength, affordability and infinite ability to be moulded provide the solid foundations and essential built environment for society. Some call it ʽliquid stoneʼ allowing architects, community planners and homebuilders to realise their dreams, including the creation of spaces of beauty and light. But it goes beyond that. Concrete works equally well underwater, underground, in Arctic conditions and on the top floors of of skyscrapers. It has high fire resistance. It absorbs and releases heat, acting as a natural air conditioner due to this ʽthermal inertiaʼ. The result of all this is that concrete is the third most used substance in the world after air and water, a staple of modern life and society. Read More

5 Parallel Routes

to reduce Emissions

  • Resource efficiency

    Use of alternative fuels like biomass or waste materials has an immediate impact on theindustry’s carbon profile.
  • Energy efficiency

    Replacing older plants with more modern and efficient technologies and continually modernising existing plants will result in improved electrical performance.
  • Carbon sequestration and reuse

    One long-term solution is carbon capture, whereby CO2 is captured at the source and then re-used or stored.
  • Product efficiency

    After cement manufacturing, several techniques and processes are used that further improve the environmental performance of concrete.
  • Downstream

    The sector looks beyond the factory gates and carries out research and product development to improve the environmental performance of concrete and how to reuse or recycle concrete.


  • Concrete Action for 2050
    Message by the CEMBUREAU President, Mr Peter Hoddinott

  • Message of the Chief Executive
    Mr. Koen Coppenholle

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