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Canada and UAE launch Cement & Concrete Breakthrough initiative

December 6, 2023  By Rock to Road Staff

(Photo credit: UNESCO)

DUBAI – Canada and the UAE have launched the Cement & Concrete Breakthrough initiative, a co-led campaign to push both industries toward decarbonized solutions as 2050’s net-zero deadline approaches.

Announced at COP28, the United Nations’ conference on climate change in Dubai, the initiative aims to allow countries to share best practices, policies, and other measures for decarbonizing the cement and concrete industry, and move global markets toward clean cement solutions.

A number of other countries have moved to support this initiative, including Germany, Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The initiative was launched alongside the Buildings Breakthrough initiative, aimed at decarbonization in the building construction sector. Both are a part of the Breakthrough Agenda, a framework for countries to accelerate decarbonization that was introduced at COP26 in 2022.


Cement is a significant source of industrial carbon emissions around the world, representing 26 per cent of carbon emissions in the global industrial sector in 2019.

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