Ecocem to exhibit low-carbon cement at global UN forum

A low carbon cement technology has earned its maker a ticket to a major international forum for climate change and the built environment.

Ecocem is the only international cement technology company that is exhibiting at the Buildings & Climate Global Forum this month.

The event is a first-of-a-kind and aims to build on the progress made at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).

Ecocem has been selected to showcase its ACT low carbon cement technology at the Paris gathering where the company will be rubbing shoulders minsters from national and sub-national governments, as well as fellow industry stakeholders, and international organisations.

Donal O’Riain, Ecocem’s founder and managing director, said: “The Buildings & Climate Global Forum is happening at a crucial moment for the planet. Urgent and deep decarbonisation of construction materials is essential to achieving the 2015 Paris Agreement targets.

“Cement production is responsible for almost 8% of global CO2 emissions. Ecocem’s ACT low carbon technology can decarbonise the cement sector on a trajectory consistent with 1.5C of global warming, the first major industry sector to achieve this feat.

“But we must now mobilise resolutely, rapidly, and globally to deploy this technology. The first ambition should be a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions from cement by 2030. Technology is no longer the barrier.”

The forum, co-organised by the French Government the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Global Alliance for Buildings & Construction (Global ABC), takes place on 7-8th March 2024.

It follows the successful launch of the Buildings Breakthrough at COP28 at the end of 2023. That initiative – supported by 28 governments and the European Commission, among others – aspires to make near-zero-emission and resilient buildings the new normal by 2030.

Unique opportunity

The two-day Buildings & Climate Global Forum is said to offer a unique opportunity for senior government officials and leaders in the construction sector, along with other stakeholders, to transform the way buildings are constructed. The construction sector will be crucial in achieving a 1.5C decarbonisation trajectory as per the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Governments will be invited to endorse a common declaration outlining shared principles, and a cooperation framework for global efforts to achieve decarbonisation and climate change resilience in the buildings sector. All stakeholders of the buildings sector will be invited to make specific commitments to support the Forum’s ambition.

Ecocem’s technology, ACT has received a European Technical Assessment. This confirms ACT as a safe, high performance, scalable, low carbon, and energy efficient alternative to traditional cement. It opens a route to full commercialisation for the technology by 2026 and provides the opportunity for the cement and concrete industries to do likewise.

According to the company, ACT is a scalable breakthrough cement technology that combines a range of technical innovations with the use of widely available low-carbon materials for rapid and competitive decarbonisation of cement production by as a much as 70%. ACT is fully aligned with the Forum’s ambition.

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