What’s new: China has released a roadmap for the country’s building materials industry, one of the country’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, to limit carbon emissions by 2030.
The plan outlines requirements for industry to adopt new materials and upgrade technologies to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in key sectors such as cement, glass and ceramics at the during the period of the 14th five-year plan between 2021 and 2025. It also encouraged mergers and consolidation in the industry to better allocate resources and improve the structure of the industry, according to the plan, which was released by four central government ministries.
The roadmap is in line with China’s broader agenda set in 2020 to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
Why is this important: The plan is the first published industry-specific advanced carbon roadmap for China’s carbon reduction targets. Other plans for industries such as energy, steel and petrochemicals are expected to follow.
The building materials industry accounts for 13.2 percent of China’s total carbon dioxide emissions, according to the China Building Materials Council. China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of building materials.
Cement production alone accounts for almost 83% of the industry’s total carbon dioxide emissions, the main cause of global warming.
Analysts said the plan would lead to major industry restructuring, particularly among cement companies, to squeeze out smaller players.
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