TCMA's Global Impact: GCCA Board Membership and Sustainability Initiatives

TCMA's Global Impact: GCCA Board Membership and Sustainability Initiatives

Dr. Chana Poomee, TCMA Chairman, strengthens Thailand's global cement sustainability efforts through GCCA board membership.

Dr. Chana Poomee, Chairman of the Thai Cement Manufacturers Association (TCMA), has been elected to the board of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) for a two-year term from 2023-2025. His election reflects TCMA's dedication to fostering collaboration within the Thai cement and concrete industry to work toward achieving Net Zero emissions. This significant role, which Thailand is proud to take on, will enable the country to expand its proven strategy and align with global efforts to achieve Net Zero by 2050.

Dr. Chana Poomee emphasised that the Thailand 2050 Net Zero Cement & Concrete Roadmap is the result of a fruitful collaboration among TCMA members, representing all Thai cement manufacturers who are strongly committed to supporting the country's economic growth while reducing the industry's carbon footprint for sustainable development. This collaborative effort, supported by the government, professionals, industrial stakeholders, academia, the private sector, and civil society, aims to promote the use of low-carbon cement. Thanks to a concrete and actionable plan for carbon reduction in the cement industry, TCMA has earned a place on the GCCA board and will contribute to guiding the global cement and concrete industry toward sustainability.

Dr. Chana Poomee's election to the GCCA Board for the term 2023-2025 is a testament to the "Fostering Collaboration and Taking Action" approach embodied in TCMA's 2050 Net Zero Cement & Concrete Roadmap. This roadmap features a well-defined implementation plan, commitment, multisectoral collaboration, integration, and tangible results. It leads to extensive collaboration with all relevant sectors and supporters, collectively working toward a low-carbon society with the cement and concrete industry as a driving force. One of the most notable achievements is the substitution of highly carbon-emitting traditional cement with hydraulic cement, a more sustainable option for industries and communities.

Furthermore, TCMA has initiated a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project, piloting the first low-carbon city in Saraburi, Thailand, known as the "PPP-Saraburi Sandbox: A Low Carbon City." This project explores best practices in energy transition, industrial processes and product use (IPPU), waste management, agriculture, and land use, aligning with the Thailand NDC Roadmap. The prototype of this low-carbon city is making advancements in technology and innovation research, legislative and regulatory revisions, enhanced understanding, and new operational guidelines, ultimately leading to mutually beneficial results. Progress in this initiative has garnered acceptance and collaboration from all stakeholders, including local community members, to enhance the quality of life and promote a greener society.

TCMA plays a crucial role in mobilising local efforts for collective action, spanning from the community and industry levels to the national level. This role connects Thailand to global commitments through GCCA, including participation in COP and the World Economic Forum. These engagements will help the country secure resources, support, and investment (Green Fund) for the transition to a low-carbon society.

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