IFC Cement Decarbonization Tool

Step One in your Cement Decarbonization journey

The Industry Context:

Building on its $7.1 billion cumulative cement industry investment portfolio, IFC has developed a tool to help cement companies in emerging markets to start planning the transition. The tool helps firms make an initial high-level assessment of major decarbonization options.

  • 7% of global annual GHG emissions come from the cement sector
  • Between now and 2050, global cement demand is projected to rise by 12 to 23%
  • The sector must annually reduce its GHG emissions by 3% to reach net zero by 2050

Building a greener future

Decarbonizing heavy industries for sustainable urbanization
- Blog by Femi Akinrebiyo

Cement factory


IFC Decarbonization Tool

How it Works

Rooted in IFC's global industry knowledge of over 50 years, the tool helps firms explore five decarbonization measures at the plant level:

Alternative Fuels
Waste-heat Recovery
Electric Power Supply Mix
Select Equipment Configuration Changes
Blended Cement

Percentage Contributions To Net Zero In 2050*


Carbon capture, utlization and storage


Efficiency in design and construction


Efficiency in concrete production


Savings in clinker production


Savings in cement and binders


C02 sink: recarbonation


Decarbonization of electricy

* Global Cement and Concrete Association: GCCA Concrete Future - Roadmap to Net Zero


The resulting analysis drives strategic choices, showing anticipated greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, and provides high-level CAPEX and payback period. Tools outputs can help create an approximate Marginal Abatement Cost Curve. The results of the tool can then become the basis for decarbonization strategies and essential new climate-friendly investment projects.

Start your decarbonization journey by reaching out to us to discuss you decarbonization ambitions and future investments. Download the questionnaire and email it to us.

This tool is co-sponsored by the Climate Investment Fund (CIF).