What Sustainability Means to Us
The issues concerning climate change (and sustainability issues more generally) are complex and they require holistic, well-considered solutions. Simple, narrow focused approaches belong in the past. This mature, “sustainable” way of problem solving has been the driving philosophy of Canada’s cement and concrete manufacturers. We are committed to producing products in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. We are focusing on driving continuous improvement in all stages of the supply chain and across all industry segments. A few examples of that commitment include:
- Rallying behind the fundamental objective of sustainability as declared by the United Nations’ World Commission on Environment and Development Bruntdland Commission in 1987: “Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their needs.”
- Signatories to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Cement Sustainability Initiative.
- Supporting evidence-based solutions to sustainability challenges, including putting a price on carbon.
- Commissioning independently developed Environmental Product Declarations for transparency on the environmental impact to of cement and concrete.
- Developing sustainability certification programs for cast-in-place and precast concrete plants.
We also recognize our broader responsibility to work with other industry segments as well as external partners in academia, government and civil society to create collective solutions to major sustainability challenges like climate change. Learn more about our proactive role...
Cement Association of Canada President and CEO Michael McSweeney speaks about concrete’s contribution to sustainability at the 2016 Environmenal Defence Gala.