LONDON, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The World Cement Association (WCA) Monday releases an action plan, the association's manifesto for delivering its contribution to the objectives of the Paris Agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below two degrees.
The WCA Action Plan outlines measures to help WCA members develop climate protection strategies and best practice. The full details of the plan will be presented in London at the WCA World Cement Conference on Dec. 5, in association with Intercem.
"Together with all our members, we step forward to lead the cement industry towards low-carbon production and a carbon-neutral built environment," said Zhi Pingsong, President of the World Cement Association. "We aim to provide a framework that will enable all cement companies, including smaller ones and those in developing markets, to embrace best practice by granting them access to shared knowledge and support."
The plan focuses on five key areas which were identified during the WCA Global Climate Change Forum, held in Paris earlier this year. One of the core elements of the Action Plan is improving transparency around greenhouse gas emissions reporting by developing new methodologies and tools for members to monitor and report their CO2 emissions.
This will enable them to effectively assess the carbon footprint of their products and participate in the "Getting the Numbers Right" global database of CO2 and energy information. Within the next two years, the WCA will develop a tailored monitoring and reporting protocol and deliver required training.
"As a global organisation, we believe that reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change effectively requires joint effort. With a membership base representing more than 1 billion tons of annual cement production capacity the WCA and its members have the capacity to affect change in pursuing the necessary transition to a low carbon economy at global level", said Bernard Mathieu, Director of the WCA Climate Program.