Event schedule 

4 November, 11:10 to 12:00 GMT

Ready, set, go: The global race to net zero cement and concrete has started!

Concrete is the world's most used building material and provides the foundation for renewable energy transition, resilient infrastructure and new homes around the world.Today around 7% of global GHG emissions come from cement, the key ingredient of concrete. There is no easy fix to decarbonise cement and concrete but the industry is leading by example and has just launched an ambitious roadmap to reach net zero. Progress is under way thanks to the deployment of innovative solutions and partnerships.


This session will provide the opportunity to:

  • Hear more about concrete examples of partnerships and solutions being implemented around the globe by first-movers
  • What it takes to accelerate the race to net-zero and ensure mainstreaming sustainable solutions across the whole industry.

Location: The Denmark Pavilion, Hall 4, UNFCCC Blue Zone Scottish event Campus

Organisers: The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Green / P4G and FLSmidth

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Confirmed speakers:

  • Jeppe Kofod, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
  • Thomas Guillot, Chief Executive, GCCA – the Global Cement and Concrete Association
  • Carsten Riisberg Lund, Cement Industry President, FLSmidth
  • Mahendra Singhi, MD and CEO for Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd

8 November, 10:30 to 12:00 GMT

Addressing embodied carbon of materials: Supporting demand for lower carbon cement, metals and minerals


Today 15% of GHG emissions come from two commodities: cement and steel. Embodied carbon of materials are rarely addressed in climate mitigation policies around the globe.  But they play a critical role for the energy transition and are used in literally all types of infrastructures.  To reach net-zero, the embodied carbon of materials need to be drastically reduced. Good news is that zero emission materials are starting to be produced but demand is nearly inexistent. How to support demand for these lower carbon options and mainstream their use?  This panel will explore what can be done with different types of policy-driven or market-driven tools to accelerate deployment, incl. green public procurement.


LocationThe Denmark Pavilion, Hall 4, UNFCCC Blue Zone Scottish event Campus

Link for webstreaming

Confirmed speakers:

  • Wouter De Groot, Head of Sustainability, FLSmidth
  • Martin Pei, EVP and CTO, SSAB
  • Dr. Wolfgang Dienemann, Global head of R&D, Heidleberg Cement
  • Rohistesh Dhawan, President and CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
  • Tareq Emtairah, Director of the Energy Department, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Robert Watt, Communications Director and Head of Strategic Policy Engagement, Stockholm Environment Institute

9 November, 9:00 to 10:00 GMT


Decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors: how do we ensure global scale and economics?


Location: The Denmark Pavilion, Hall 4, UNFCCC Blue Zone Scottish event Campus

Organisers: Haldor Topsøe, Ørsted, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, FLSmidth and MMM Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

Link for webstreaming

Confirmed speakers:

  • Faustine Delasalle, Co-Executive Director, Mission Possible Partnership  & Director, Energy Transitions
  • Ulrik Stridbæk, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Ørsted
  • Thomas Dalsgaard, Partner, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)
  • Chokri Mousaoui, Executive Vice President, Head of Green Hydrogen, Haldor Topsøe
  • Wouter de Groot, Head of Sustainability, FLSmidth
  • Mads Peter Zacho, Head of Industry Transition, MMM Center for Zero Carbon

9 November, 10:00 to 12:00 GMT (by invitation only)

Thomas Schulz, CEO of FLSmidth will present at the LeadIT Summit 2021


The LeadIT Summit 2021, hosted by LeadIT in the Blue Zone at COP26, is a major moment for leading public and private actors to forge plans, policies and commitments that align heavy industry with the goals of the Paris Agreement.


The Summit will set the industry transition agenda for 2022 by delivering a Summit Statement that sets out collective commitments by LeadIT and identifies priorities to accelerate the industry transition in 2022. During the Summit, participants will share know-how and best practices in deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in heavy industries.


The purpose of the event is to demonstrate how different industry transition initiatives contribute to reinforcing each other and raising ambition in the public and private sectors. The theme of this year’s Summit is implementation and the Summit Statement will focus on critical policies and technologies needed for development in 2022.


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