Third global innovation challenge launches on 20 February, to help essential industry on net-zero mission
ON 20 February, the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) is launching Innovandi Open Challenge 2024 – a pioneering international programme, which brings together tech start-ups and leading manufacturers, to work together on achieving net zero.
The GCCA and its members account for 80% of global cement production capacity outside of China, as well as a growing number of Chinese companies. All have committed to reaching net zero through the GCCA’s Concrete Future 2050 Net Zero Roadmap – the first heavy industry to set out such a detailed plan.
‘Innovation and new technologies will help unlock our industry’s net-zero future – join us on the 20 February to hear about this year’s exciting challenge,’ said GCCA chief executive officer Thomas Guillot.
This will be the third Innovandi Open Challenge and builds on the success of previous years. The first challenge, in 2022, focused on the development of carbon capture and storage technology, and two start-ups have already gone to pilot stage, whilst 15 start-ups who were shortlisted in the second Challenge last year, to work on the development of low-carbon cement, are currently in discussion with manufacturers about forming consortiums.
More details about this year’s challenge and its topic will be revealed at the launch event from 12.30 to 13.30 GMT on Tuesday 20 February. The online event will feature key speakers from the industry and the start-up world, as well as participants of the first two challenges. To sign up to attend, click here.