The French cement association France Cement has announced a new CO2 emissions reduction target of 50% across the cement industry between 2021 and 2030. The new target for 2050 will be ‘virtual carbon neutrality.’ The Les Echos newspaper has reported that the commitments replace previous reduction targets of 24% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. France Cement says that its members are planning estimated investments of Euro5bn towards achieving the goals before 2040. These investments will cover areas including the deployment of carbon capture. Existing public and private investments in the industry’s on-going projects to reduce CO2 emissions amount to Euro1.7bn – sufficient to eliminate 27% of emissions compared with the 2021 baseline.
France Cement’s President Benoit Pillon noted the necessity of cement in construction, and called for ‘decarbonisation as a whole: less clinker in cement, less cement in concrete and less concrete in construction.’ He urged the implementation of policies to secure ‘decarbonised and competitive electricity.’