Government of Canada and Cement Association of Canada announce partnership to advance global leadership in low-carbon concrete production

Resulting roadmap will help the sector reach net-zero carbon concrete by 2050.

May 31, 2021 – Shawinigan, Quebec – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Science, research and innovation are playing a key role in Canada’s move toward a cleaner and stronger economy and in our fight against climate change. Working with industry—including the cement and concrete sector—is critical to creating economic opportunities for Canadians, growing our leadership in clean technologies and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; Marie Glenn, Chair of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC); and Michael McSweeney, President and CEO of the CAC, issued a joint statement by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cement sector to support a roadmap to net-zero carbon concrete. This partnership and the resulting roadmap will position Canada’s cement and concrete industry to become a global leader in low-carbon cement and concrete production and related clean technologies. Read more.

Joint Statement

This roadmap, when complete in December 2021, is consistent with goals of Canada’s strengthened climate plan, A Healthy Environment and Healthy Economy Plan, as well as Budget 2021, which identify the cement sector as a key contributor to Canada’s net-zero future.

With a potential to reduce over 15 megatonnes of GHGs cummulatively by 2030, and then ongoing reductions of over 4 megatonnes annually, the objectives of this partnership are to position Canada’s cement and concrete industry as a competitive global leader in the production of, and technologies related to low-carbon cement and concrete. Read more.

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