Without cement, concrete cannot exist. Thanks to its versatility, resilience and durability, concrete is a safe, reliable and sustainable building product. With its high thermal mass, 100% recyclability, and carbonation potential, concrete, during its whole life cycle, supports the reduction of emissions in the building sector, which account for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. Cement and concrete are key for a sustainable built environment, and it is crucial policies allow this to continue. Click on the key policy topics below to learn more.