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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