As the second most consumed resource on Earth after water and a critical material for buildings and infrastructure, concrete plays an important role in the modern built environment and our increasingly urbanized societies. Demand for concrete thus continues to grow with economies and standards of living worldwide.
At the same time, concrete is a hard-to-abate sector, with cement, the primary ingredient in concrete, responsible for around 7% of global emissions. Decarbonizing the industry is crucial to achieving net zero and action is needed urgently.
A new report, Scaling low carbon design and construction with concrete: Enabling the path to net-zero for buildings and infrastructure, published by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group with industry input from the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) – states that there is a massive opportunity to reduce carbon emissions from concrete in the near-term through scaled deployment in low carbon design techniques and the use of low-carbon concrete products.