Why take action?
Cement demand is projected to continue rising. If action is not taken to optimize its use in buildings and construction, we will see an increase in demand by approximately 20% by 2050.
Applying best practice in the cement industry
In 2015, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) developed the Sectoral Decarbonisation Approach (SDA). It is a scientifically-informed method for companies to set greenhouse gas reduction targets necessary to stay within a 2°C temperature rise above pre-industrial levels. This led to the development of a 2ºC and a well-below 2ºC pathway.
However, the Paris Agreement and the recent IPCC 6th Assessment Report highlighted the need to keep warming within a 1.5ºC temperature rise.
Our new methodologies, tools and guidance will build on the previously developed SDA methodology for cement to develop 1.5ºC-aligned resources. They will enable companies to set targets that align with science-based decarbonization pathways within the unique context of their sector.
By setting emission reduction targets in line with this goal and defining appropriate decarbonization strategies, cement companies can help rapidly accelerate the transformation to a net-zero economy and prevent the worst effects of climate change.
SBTi is the project lead and convener. Participation in this project is possible via the following groups:
Expert Advisory Group (EAG): Composed of technical experts from stakeholder organizations and companies interested in setting an SBT and contributing to the project execution. Invitations for participation in the EAG consider the need for a balance of stakeholder categories, geographical diversity and gender balance.
General stakeholder consultation: Both industry and non-industry representatives will be able to provide feedback on the project through webinars and written consultation. SBTi will ensure a balanced participation of stakeholder categories.
Initial funding for this project has been provided by Holcim Ltd.
Development process and timeline
The project will build on the previously developed SDA methodology for cement to develop 1.5ºC-aligned resources, delivering the following guidelines and tools:
Integration of new pathways in SBTi’s target setting tool to help cement companies model GHG emission-reduction targets consistent with the ambition required to limit warming to 1.5ºC;
Guidance for setting 1.5ºC-aligned science-based GHG emission reduction targets for the production of cement;
Incorporation of 1.5ºC-aligned sector-specific benchmarks into the SBTi Target Validation Protocol to enable third-party validation of 1.5ºC-aligned targets for cement production.
To socialize the resources developed as part of this project, we envision joint capacity building activities, including webinars and/or workshops.
The estimated project duration is ten months from kick-off date, with completion expected by June 2022 in order to align with the timeline for SBTi’s 1.5ºC ambition update.
Provisional project timeline:
September-October 2021: Convening the EAG and project kick-off
October-December 2021: Deriving 1.5ºC decarbonization pathway
December 2021-February 2022: Creating and testing target-setting tool
January-April 2022: Developing guidance documents and consultation period
May 2022: SBTi review and approval
May-June 2022: Incorporation of new resources into SBTi Target Validation Protocol
End of June 2022: Publication of final deliverables
July-September 2022: Socialization of resources developed
For further information on the project please contact:
Senior Technical Manager, Science Based Targets
Email: [email protected]
Project Officer, Science Based Targets
Email: [email protected]