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28 December 2018

GCCA launches sustainability guidelines

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has published its first six sustainability guidelines.

The GCCA says its guidelines include a number of simple, reliable and representative KPIs against which full member companies must monitor and report on their sustainability performance across a number of key activities.
The guidelines include monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions and other emissions from cement manufacturing; co-processing of fuels and materials; safety; and water usage.

Claude Lorea, cement director at the GCCA, said: “The sustainability guidelines are important as they provide industry and stakeholders with a means to document and improve the sustainability performance of the global cement and concrete sectors against the GCCA sustainability charter.
“Signing up to the guidelines emphasises the cement and concrete sector’s commitment to sustainable development including its critical work to reducing global CO2 emissions.”
To achieve the extended compliance, full GCCA members shall have their data and targets verified and reported publicly. The GCCA intends to communicate data publicly in a consolidated format.

The GCCA, which represents cement and concrete producers from around the world, published a Sustainability Charter in November that sets out five key pillars which encompass the sustainability spectrum of the cement and concrete sector.

Lorea added: “The sector is determined to keep up the momentum and demonstrate leadership in sustainability - that is what our GCCA members are committed to and these guidelines will help ensure that we keep on track.”

The GCCA, which launched in January 2018, says it is working towards global membership which will represent 50% of world cement production.

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