Supportive legislation, revision of standards and regulatory and financial investments are essential for decarbonisation of the cement industry
Decarbonisation of the cement sector requires active engagement from policy makers, including through:
- Implementation of supportive regulation, such as financial incentives and regulatory changes, enabling progress in the use of renewable wastes and other less carbon-intensive fuels.
- Deployment of public procurement, carbon contracts for difference or other demand creation policies for near zero-emissions cement and concrete.
- Revision of standards and building codes to incentivise the development of low-clinker cements, namely through the adoption of performance-based specification standards, increasing potential investment in research and implementation of new SCMs.
- Regulatory and financial material efficiency and circular economy incentives, such as the promotion of best practices in the design of buildings.
- Establishment of an international common agreement on the standards for low-carbon cement and concrete.
- Management of existing assets and near-term investment to create a smooth energy transition, and avoid stranded assets, by mandating refurbishment to near zero emission technology, incentivising innovation and co-ordination strategies among sectoral actors.