Industry leaders, experts and stakeholders have said there is a need to focus on innovation in the cement and concrete industry.
Stakeholders have therefore concluded plans to meet in Singapore in October to discuss innovation within the sector to find solutions to challenges in the industry including ways of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from production processes.
Global Cement and Concrete Association said ‘Innovation in Focus’ would be the theme of this year’s annual conference.
The association said it would have in attendance delegates from around the world including renowned global experts, industry CEOs, executives and other key industry stakeholders who would share ideas on innovation, the future of cities and sustainable construction among other major global trends influencing the future of the cement and concrete industry.
The GCCA said delegates would also listen to experts’ views on a wide range of other topics including technology developments; carbon capture, use and storage; construction techniques; process improvements; new binders; design and architecture.
It stated that a high-level session led by world renowned smart cities expert, Ayesha Khanna, and other speakers from Nigeria, India and Singapore would explore the future of cities, sustainable construction and the role of concrete.
The Chief Executive Officer, GCCA, Benjamin Sporton, said, “This conference is an important opportunity for the global industry to come together and discuss some of the opportunities and challenges we face. With its key focus on innovation, the conference boasts an exciting programme and demonstrates the cement and concrete industry’s commitment to driving progress in sustainable construction and innovation across our value chain.
“Success in meeting these challenges, including reducing our Co2 emissions, will require collaboration on global solutions. The GCCA annual conference aims to facilitate such collaboration, bringing together some of the best and brightest minds within the sector but also from the wider built environment. It is sure to be a key date in the industry’s calendar.”
According to the group, the Singapore event is the GCCA’s second annual conference, following the inaugural London conference of 2018, and is open to all member companies, the wider industry and other built environment stakeholders.