The American Concrete Institute, along with NEU: An ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete, will make a key sustainability announcement at COP28, which will take place on Nov. 30 – Dec. 12 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The announcement is part of a joint event with the Global Cement and Concrete Association on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. local time at the GCCA pavilion.

Tony Nanni, president of American Concrete Institute, and Dean Frank, executive director of NEU, will speak on sustainability topics related to the built environment and unveil a new resource that will soon be available to the concrete construction industry. Those attending COP28 are invited to stop by the GCCA pavilion for the presentations.

“Sustainability is at the forefront of many industries, but the concrete construction community has a remarkable, elevated opportunity to fundamentally change the way civilizations are built,” Nanni said. “ACI and NEU are uniquely positioned to address these initiatives, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge and collaborating with organizations that share this interest.”

The Conference of the Parties to the Convention is an initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and is convening its 28th meeting at COP28 in Dubai. COP has assembled member countries every year for nearly three decades to focus the world’s attention on climate change, quantify changes, and determine programs and responsibilities to slow the increase of global temperatures.

Established in 2018, GCCA aims to ensure that concrete is recognized as the sustainable building material of choice for today’s needs and is committed to building a bright, resilient and sustainable concrete future. GCCA also is an ACI International Partner, as the organizations work together to develop and disseminate information on concrete, concrete structures and, especially, concrete sustainability.

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