The role of cement in the
2050 Low Carbon Economy

Latest developments

Overview of latest news & developments


  • Getting the Numbers Right: In August 2014, the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) published 2012 energy efficiency and CO2 emissions data for the cement industry.  With over 930 cement plants participating, the report is a significant study on how the cement industry achieves energy efficiency and reductions in carbon emissions in 11 different geographical regions. For the first time the report includes information from version 3 of the CSI’s “CO2 and Energy Protocol: CO2 and Energy Accounting and Reporting Standard for the Cement Industry” which was published in 2011. The 2012 results show the continuing decline in specific CO2 emissions from the cement industry, which are now 18% below 1990 levels. The reduction has been achieved by investment in more efficient kiln systems, using more alternative fuels and improving clinker so that its proportion in the final product can be reduced. More information


Useful links

  • Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE). The mission of A.SPIRE is to ensure the development of enabling technologies and best practices along all the stages of large scale existing value chain productions that will contribute to a resource efficient process industry. Through purposeful cooperation across all sectors and regions, A.SPIRE has developed a multi-year, strategic and dynamic roadmap that will address research, development and innovation activities as well as policy matters towards the realisation of its 2030 targets. More information
  • Nanocem: a consortium of academic and industrial partners, all interested in fundamental research in the nanoscale science of cement and concrete. Nanocem's mission is to generate basic knowledge on the nano- and micro-scale phenomena that govern the macroscopic performance of cementitious materials, as well as products and structures made from these materials. More information