Materials & Waste Management for Decarbonisation of the Cement Industry in the UAE

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This paper presents a preliminary report submitted to the UAE Cement Decarbonisation Delivery Group (CDDG) by Cluster 1 of the Group. Cluster 1, whose focus was on materials & waste management, is the first of four clusters. The other 3 Clusters' focus are (i) Technology (ii) Standards, Procedures, and Policies; and (iii) Education and Awareness). This work has been undertaken under the auspices of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and led by the Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction (CESC) at Heriot-Watt University to decarbonise the cement industry in line with the UAE strategy and commitment to become a net-zero carbon country by 2050. The report highlights data related to concrete and waste materials production. It also reviews the methods and challenges of decarbonisation of the cement industry. In addition, it highlights studies about recycled concrete mechanical properties and durability. In closing, the report provides conclusions and short/medium/long-term recommendations as a roadmap for decarbonising the cement industry. Some of the recommendations require further discussion and consideration in the other clusters.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationHeriot-Watt University’s Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction Research Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2023


  • Net-Zero
  • Cement Decarbonisation
  • Waste Management
  • Recycled Concrete
  • Sustainability


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