Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) launches updated certification system

Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) launches updated certification system

The Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) is continuing to promote sustainably sourced concrete through the development of version 2.0 of its innovative certification system.

CSC was founded in November 2016 under the direction of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), a sector project within the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Concrete industry partners from Europe, USA, Latin America and Asia had initiated the development of a global responsible sourcing certification system, designed to help concrete, cement and aggregate companies better understand how to operate in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way.

Concrete is the world’s most widely used building material. By creating a certification system for responsibly sourced concrete, the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) is aiming to promote concrete as a sustainable building material and to enable informed decision about construction.

Improving sustainability performance

The CSC launched a certification system for responsibly sourced concrete in January 2017. Its purpose is to:

  • Demonstrate leadership: document the high level of sustainability the sector has already achieved and showcase pioneering new practices
  • Improve the sector’s sustainability performance: provide benchmarks and incentives for continuously improving management, environmental and social performance along the full value chain
  • Add value for customers: achieve recognition in green building rating systems such as BREEAM, DGNB, LEED or ENVISION
  • Make the sector more transparent: provide a common global framework that allows stakeholders of all types – neighbours, NGOs, financing institutions and others – to understand the sustainability performance of a plant
  • Build a strong sector brand: work towards a widely recognized trademark that is universally known for its credibility

CSC has developed a Technical Manual of processes and criteria to ensure these goals are reached. New global registrations for CSC (concrete, cement, aggregates) have to use this manual for their certification process. The CSC certification is applicable worldwide with the substantial support of Regional System Operators (RSOs) in specific countries.

Growth in certifications

The number of CSC-certified plants continues to grow in Germany. German Regional System Operator BTB has recently issued seven more certifications. Two for Holcim(Germany) and five for Schwenk.

While in Turkey two new ready-mixed concrete plants have been certified in accordance with “The Responsible Sourcing Certification System” launched by the Turkish Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (THBB), Regional System Operator of the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC).

Further information

Concrete Sustainability Council Technical Manual 2.0




February 6, 2019