Priorities for the newly-formed Global Cement & Concrete Association (GCCA) will include positioning concrete as the sustainable building material of choice, and promoting international best practice in the areas of safety, production, and the use of cement and concrete in the built environment.
It will also aim to foster innovation in the cement and concrete sectors, make a positive contribution to global sustainable development, and promote the principles of a circular economy across the value chain.
The inaugural annual general meeting and symposium of the GCCA was held in London, UK, and set-out its priorities and work programme with the specific aim of strengthening the sector’s contribution to sustainable construction.
The GCCA was formed earlier this year with 10 member companies, although this had risen to 20 by October. CEOs of more than 30 companies attended the annual general meeting and symposium, where it was confirmed that there were now 32 member companies and nine affiliate organisations from across the world.
The work programme was said to set the direction for the GCCA and its newly-appointed executive team for achieving its sustainability objectives and addressing the full lifecycle of cement and concrete.
Benjamin Sporton, chief executive, said, “Today we have taken a decisive step-forward in setting our priorities and work programme. Sustainability, innovation, and recognising the vital role of concrete in our lives and in tackling climate change will be at the heart of everything we do.
“Concrete is the enabler of critical buildings and infrastructure that enhance the way we live – safe and durable homes, roads, hospitals, clean water, effective wastewater management, as well as providing the vital structures for the clean energy of tomorrow.”
At the AGM, GCCA member companies ratified key deliverables for the association.
Albert Manifold, CEO of CRH, was confirmed as GCCA president and will serve for two years. Fernando A González, CEO of CEMEX, and Jianglin Cao, CEO of CNBM, were confirmed as vice presidents.
The London meeting also confirmed the launch of a GCCA Sustainability Charter with reporting guidelines for safety, CO2 emissions, co-processing of waste, and water.
Manifold told the meeting, “The GCCA is an authoritative sector-wide voice, in just a short number of months it already represents 35% of global cement production. I have great pride in being confirmed as president at our inaugural AGM.
“As we continue to grow, the GCCA will provide leadership in the manufacture and use of cement and concrete. We look forward to shaping a sustainable future for cement and concrete, and demonstrating how our product can help build a better world.”