FACTSHEET: Aligning global standards to define low and near-zero emissions materials
Steel, cement and concrete are the backbone of our economies. But they account for just over 50 per cent of all industrial emissions – and demand for these materials is rising. Decarbonizing these industries is essential for addressing the climate crisis. To drive momentum forward, in 2021 UNIDO and the Clean Energy Ministerial established the Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative (IDDI), a global coalition of governments and private sector organizations. Governments are among the top buyers of steel, cement and concrete. IDDI aims to harness this immense purchasing power to ignite a thriving market for these construction materials that generate low or near-zero emissions.
An IDDI technical working group is responsible for each of these linked areas. Working Group 2 (standards) is chaired by the German Government’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, and consists of over 45 members from the private sector, government, civil society, intergovernmental organizations, trade associations, academia and think tanks from IDDI’s partner countries.
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