The GCCA says the move means that it is adding its support to the only world-wide industry specific system which certifies the sustainability performance of concrete plants and their supply chain across the globe.
The association adds that the responsible sourcing of construction materials is an increasing priority in high-profile construction projects and in public procurement. Concrete has an important role to play and its short supply chains and local production lend itself to being able to demonstrate a high level of environmental, social and economic responsible sourcing.
Developed in conjunction with social and environmental stakeholders, the CSC is the industry recognised authentication system, with more than 160 plants certified to its standards across 8 different countries.
Commenting on GCCA’s new membership, CSC chairman, Dr Christian Artelt said: “We are delighted at the decision of the GCCA to champion the many sustainability benefits of concrete by putting their global reach behind the CSC. We look forward to reinforcing and accelerating our work with their support.”
GCCA concrete and sustainable construction director, Dr Andrew Minson said: “The CSC has established a highly-respected and internationally applicable responsible sourcing scheme for concrete and its main constituents of cement and aggregates.
“Helping to extend the reach and use of CSC certification across the globe falls squarely in our wider mission of promoting sustainability across the whole value chain.”
The GCCA says that clients, developers and contractors can be assured of socially and environmentally responsible practices through the concrete supply chain when specifying CSC certified concrete. Internationally recognised sustainable project assessment methods such as BREEAM and DGNB credit design teams and their projects with points when CSC certified concrete is specified and procured.
The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) is formally joining the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC).