The group, known as ConcreteZero, has also committed to the interim targets of using 30% low emission concrete by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
Industry must ‘innovate and act now on emissions’
“It’s time for concrete targets to reduce carbon emissions in years not decades,” said Jen Carson, head of industry at the Climate Group. “ConcreteZero is signalling to the industry that the biggest buyers want the industry to innovate and act now on emissions.”
An energy-intensive process largely reliant on fossil fuels, concrete production is estimated to account for around 8% of global carbon emissions – more than both shipping and air travel combined.
At present there is no globally-agreed definition for what is considered net zero and low emission concrete.
ConcreteZero members are therefore required to measure and report on CO2 emissions associated with the concrete they use, with a view to using that data to help establish a clear standard and greater clarity for suppliers and policymakers, the group explained.
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Philippa Spence, managing director of Ramboll UK, commented: “This fantastic initiative is a very important and vital step in the decarbonisation of our built environment.
“The impetus to deliver an impact fast, through collective industry effort and baseline concrete carbon reporting will prove essential for our net zero future.”
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