Reducing CO2 emissions while producing enough cement to meet demand is a global challenge, especially since demand growth is expected to resume.

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Key findings

Direct CO2 intensity of cement in the Sustainable Development Scenario, 2014-2030


More efforts are needed to reduce the direct CO2 intensity of cement production

The direct CO2 intensity of cement production increased 0.5% per year during 2014-18. To get on track with the SDS, a 0.8% annual decline is necessary to 2030. Sharper focus is needed in two key areas: reducing the clinker-to-cement ratio (including through greater uptake of blended cements) and deploying innovative technologies (including CCUS). Governments can stimulate investment and innovation in these areas through funding RD&D and adopting mandatory CO2 emissions reduction policies.
Our work

The IETS TCP focuses on energy use in a broad range of industry sectors with significant potential for emissions and cost savings. The IETS TCP work programme ranges from aspects relating to development of processes and energy technologies, to overall system analysis and energy efficiency in industry sectors.