Cement giant commits to cutting CO2

Lafarge announces 2010 emission reduction target in sector's first voluntary climate deal

The world's largest cement producer, Lafarge of France, pledged today to cut its global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 15% from 1990 levels by 2010. The voluntary commitment is the first to emerge from the high-emission cement sector. It was brokered by environmental group WWF, which says it wants the deal to act as a catalyst for action throughout the industry.

Lafarge is the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter in the construction materials industry, and released 45m tonnes of CO2-equivalent in 2000. In addition to cement production, the firm is among the world's largest producers of aggregates, concrete, gypsum and roofing materials.

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