Antonio Guterres, the secretary general of the United Nations, has gone on to back plans from the concrete sector to get rid of CO2 emissions by 2050.
It is well to be noted that concrete happens to be the second most used material on the planet after water and is undoubtedly the backbone of modern infrastructure. It is used in areas such as making homes, hospitals, schools, bridges, tunnels, and other important infrastructure, and it also helps in providing clean water as well as green energy.
That said, it currently accounts for 7% of worldwide CO2 emissions. The world’s leading manufacturers, all of whom happen to be members of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), have gone on to pledge to eradicate emissions by 2050, in sync with the roadmap crafted by the GCCA for Net Zero Concrete, which, by the way, is the first heavy industry that has set out a plan with such fine detailing.
Notably, at the GCCA conference in Switzerland, Antonio Guterres remarked that he wanted to witness concrete pledges coming in from the concrete sector. In a press conference, he said that concrete happens to be fundamental when it comes to building a better world and that they have no time to lose if they have to in every sense limit the worldwide temperature rise to 1.5 degrees centigrade. He added that one should be taking a quantum leap when it comes to climate action as well as slashing global emissions if greenhouse emissions have to be cut by almost 50% by 2030.
According to the chief executive of the Global Cement and Concrete Association, Thomas Guillot, many issues still remain that one must overcome if the net zero aim is to be achieved, including enabling regulations as well as policies from governments all around the world that most often do not exist yet.