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GCCA joins world leaders at UN General Assembly


Participation in high-level roundtable on climate action follows GCCA Climate Ambition 2050 launch

THE Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has been invited to participate in today’s UN Secretary-General’s high-level roundtable on climate action, joining world leaders as a part of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

As the climate crisis continues to impact on the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has convened a roundtable of around 20 global leaders from government, business and finance and civil society, to discuss the bold climate actions they are taking and their ambitions for a better future.

Dinah McLeod, chief executive of the GCCA, is participating in the roundtable to discuss how the cement and concrete industry is aligning on long-term strategies, recovery and stimulus opportunities and its ambition to achieve greater carbon neutrality.

The GCCA recently announced its Climate Ambition 2050, to demonstrate the commitment of the cement and concrete industry to drive down its CO2 footprint, with the aim of delivering society with carbon-neutral concrete by 2050.

At this pivotal moment of climate action, Climate Ambition 2050 is a critical milestone for the industry, marking the first time it has come together globally to state a collective ambition for a carbon-neutral future. It also builds on the longstanding climate commitments and sustainability progress of the industry as it works toward the long-term sustainability of concrete, as a vital building material.

Dinah McLeod said: ‘Our industry is committed to ensuring the long-term resilience, prosperity and sustainability of our planet. Tackling climate change is a fundamental part of our approach as we seek to play a role in creating a carbon-neutral world whilst providing an essential material for economic recovery and ongoing sustainable development. We believe the way to respond to the current crisis is to ‘build back better’ and our focus remains on creating a more sustainable future world.’

The virtual roundtable will be focused on highlighting six climate-positive actions to support a better recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders will discuss the numerous social and economic benefits of a sustainable recovery with the aim of creating a more resilient, carbon-neutral future.

The 90-minute roundtable will being moderated by international journalist and presenter Femi Oke and will be livestreamed (with translation) on this evening (24 September) from 4:30pm to 6:00pm (GMT).

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