January 19, 2010

Cementing a green future

A green noose is slowly closing in on the cement industry, where production currently represent about 5% of global CO2 emissions.

Last month, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a road map that calls for strong national policies as well as actions to develop commercially viable carbon capture and storage technologies to reduce global CO2 emissions from the cement industry.

The cement roadmap outlines a possible transition path for the industry to make continued contributions towards a halving of global CO2 emissions by 2050. It estimates that the cement industry could reduce its direct emissions 18% from current levels by 2050.

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