Construction materials and industrial mineral manufacturing company Adbri has announced its aspiration to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 with implications for the ongoing future for what is one of Australia’s most carbon-intensive industries.
The leading cement, concrete and building products producer told investors its board and management were accessing medium and long term emission reduction options and would present a roadmap by its 2022 annual general meeting.
CEO Nick Miller said: “We recognise that process emissions from the production of cement and lime are not easy to abate.
“Adbri is committed to maintaining its sector leadership position in sustainability by continuing to increase its use of renewable energy, alternative fuels and supplementary cementitious materials.”
Miller said developments in technology and partnerships with industry, government and research institutions would be critical for long term emissions reduction.
“This will form part of our roadmap toward net zero by 2050.”
Adbri’s 100 plants and facilities across Australia have a high carbon footprint, producing a wide range of quarrying, cement, concrete, masonry and mining services under 17 brands.
In April industrial process technology company Calix and Adbri signed a memorandum of understanding for a five-year collaboration to develop the world’s first commercial-scale, zero-emissions lime production facility.
Adbri current target set in 2019 is to deliver a seven per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2024.
In 2020 the company delivered a 2.3 per cent cut.
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