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05 Oct 2020

Roadmap to Beyond Net Zero Launched 

Today is the launch of the MPA UK Concrete and Cement Roadmap to Beyond Net Zero. Download the roadmap from

The UK concrete and cement industry has developed a roadmap to beyond net zero by 2050 – removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits each year.

Launching the ambitious roadmap, UK Concrete, part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), has identified that net zero can be met through decarbonised electricity and transport networks, fuel switching, greater use of low-carbon cements and concretes as well as Carbon Capture, Use or Storage (CCUS) technology for cement manufacture. The ‘Roadmap to beyond net zero’ calculates the potential of each technology and the carbon savings which can be achieved.

The concrete and cement industry has already taken considerable early joint action and due to investment in fuel switching, changes in product formulation, and energy efficiency including plant rationalisation, its direct and indirect emissions are 53% lower than 1990 - decarbonising faster than the UK economy as a whole.

Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive, Mineral Products Association commented: “We have already made significant progress to reduce carbon emissions but are under no illusion about the scale of the net zero challenge. Achieving this will require the wholesale decarbonisation of all aspects of concrete and cement production, supply and use. The concrete and cement industry as one sector alone cannot deliver net zero and we will only be able to go beyond net zero with concerted support from Government, as well as with significant changes across the wider construction, energy and transportation sectors.

Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, said: “Through the UK concrete and cement industry net zero roadmap, the Mineral Products Association is setting a world-leading industry ambition to reach net zero emissions. Decarbonising emissions from concrete and cement is one of the key challenges for getting to net zero with knock-on effects for helping to reduce emissions from the built environment. Net zero is a fundamental goal, requiring bold leadership from Government and from commerce – I highly commend this initiative.”

Find out more:



The full Roadmap to Beyond Net Zero

The summary document for the Roadmap

Read the press release announcing the Roadmap

Read a series of perspectives on the Roadmap from: 
  • Chris Leese, Director, UK Concrete 
  • By Dr Richard Leese, Director – MPA Cement and Director - Industrial Policy, Energy and Climate, MPA 
  • Dr Diana Casey, Director, Energy and Climate Change, MPA

Technology Lever Briefing Note: The first in a series of seven - CCUS

Additional images and resources are also being provided to Communications and Public Affairs colleagues within the MPA Membership via the MPA Committees. Please contact Claire Ackerman

The launch of the Roadmap is a significant milestone for the industry.

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