EAACA presents net-zero roadmap for Autoclaved Aereated Concrete

The EAACA defined a decarbonisation roadmap for Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) products. This roadmap sets out a pathway for Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) products to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 with the potential to become carbon negative, thereby absorbing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than was released during their production.

The roadmap aligns the European Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Association (EAACA) and its members with the objectives of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C and supports policies to decarbonise Europe’s buildings and construction sectors.

The decarbonisation roadmap will serve as a high-level guide for EAACA members and as such will also need to acknowledge the different levels of maturity of its members on decarbonisation and sustainability concepts, depending on their location within Europe and the size and maturity of the company.

The roadmap sets out the main levers that must be applied to achieve this. We have drawn these from known technologies and have based our net-zero target on a life-cycle analysis provided by an independently verified Environmental Product Declaration. As the majority of CO2e emissions come not from the manufacture of AAC itself, but from the manufacture of two key raw materials – cement and lime – the roadmap draws on the decarbonisation pathways published by global and European cement and lime industry associations.

The building and construction sectors account for a significant share of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Through this roadmap, the EAACA and its members are committed to achieving net-zero emissions in AAC products by 2050 and supporting the development of a climate-neutral Europe.

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