Why Cement is a Major Contributor to Climate Change

As a key input into concrete, the most widely used construction material in the world, cement is a major contributor to climate change.

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Why Cement is a Major Contributor to Climate Change

As a key input into concrete, the most widely used construction material in the world, cement is a major contributor to climate change. The chemical and thermal combustion processes involved in the production of cement are a large source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Each year, more than 4 billion tonnes of cement are produced, accounting for around 8 per cent of global CO2 emissions.

This video is based on the findings of a Chatham House report Making Concrete Change: Innovation in Low-carbon Cement and Concrete.