EU Precast Concrete Federation issues Decarbonization Pledge

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Sources: BIBM, Brussels; CMCM staff

In a new position statement on members’ material usage, production methods and embrace of circular economy principles, the Federation of the European Precast Concrete Industry (BIBM) reinforces commitment to fostering a sustainable and low-carbon society. The BIBM Decarbonization Pledge represents “a concerted effort to minimize environmental impact across the entire lifespan of precast concrete products” and signatories’ quest “to lead the path in reducing carbon emissions in the construction sector, emphasizing the crucial role the industry plays in global environmental stewardship.” Core Pledge commitments center on: 

The document is posted here.

• Construction Work. Pledge highlights the need to consider CO2 emissions reduction throughout a project’s lifecycle and giving producers and other precast concrete value chain stakeholders the means to achieve decarbonization. 

• Circular Economy. Pledge considers how end-of-life processes minimize the industry’s  environmental impacts and stresses an approach that stretches material use, reduces waste and, true to circular economy ideals, seeks to decouple economic growth from resource use.

• Stakeholder Cooperation. Pledge champions sustainable practices throughout the precast element or structure lifecycle, encompassing design, fabrication, and distribution or delivery phases. It likewise recognizes that every value chain step contributes to the overarching decarbonization goal.

• Enabling Policy Framework. Stakeholder and policymaker collaboration is crucial for achieving decarbonization in the built environment, and rests on an enabling framework rooted in science and material neutrality. 

The Federation headquarters office prepared the Decarbonization Pledge with the BIBM Environment and Communication Commissions. Officials view the document as a milestone in a journey towards a more sustainable future and an indicator of how precast concrete interests “are not only meeting the demands of the present but also safeguarding the environment for generations to come.” The organizations comprising BIBM represent producers employing more than 7,000 across the European Union and report annual shipments upwards of $33 billion.