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Paris Climate Conference elicits cement leaders’ mammoth emissions reduction plan

19 LCTPi 150Backed by 16 major producers—nine with significant North American market stakes—the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) outlined a Cement Action Plan aimed at reducing worldwide industry carbon emissions 20-25 percent by 2030. The announcement was made last month in Paris during the United Nations Climate Conference. Also known as (Conference of Parties) COP21, the event was staged with the aim of securing commitments from nearly 200 countries, whereby carbon dioxide emissions are cut to levels at which global temperatures climb no more than 2°C by 2100—a benchmark below the levels embodied in conference participants’ pledged plans.

 

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Council outlines green building square footage goals in the billions

With a United Nations Climate Change Conference/Buildings Day backdrop, the U.S. Green Building Council committed to scaling green buildings to more than 5 billion square feet over the next five years through the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) green building rating systems.

 

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Road Builders: FAST stabilizes highway funding, bumps DOT purchasing power

8 ARTBA 150An American Road & Transportation Builders Association analysis of the five-year, $305 billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) signed into last month finds: “While the total core highway investment increase during the [five-year] life of the bill will be just over 15 percent, yearly assessments are a better gauge of market impact. Highway investment will jump 5.1 percent in FY 2016 and then slow to rates of growth between 2.1 percent and 2.4 percent for [FY 2017–2020]. Investment levels will exceed projected inflation by a total of $1.7 billion over five years and beat projected construction material cost increases by $1 billion over the same period. As a result, federal highway investment will see narrow increases in purchasing power through 2020, but the FAST Act’s biggest impact on the highway construction market will be the stability it provides states and the private sector.”

 

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FAST highway bill tempers FMCSA regulatory burdens for mixer drivers

12 Zonar 150The FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act signed into law late last year contains language for which the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association lobbied on behalf of ready mixed concrete producers. Government Affairs staff helped secure within the five-year funding program three important provisions tied to Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) Hours of Service (HOS) regulations:

 

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Stormwater Institute prioritizes asset tracking, governance, watershed issues

8 WEF 150A new Water Environment Federation report, “Rainfall to Results: The Future of Stormwater,” details challenges, opportunities and pathways to improving the nation’s drainage infrastructure and yielding a more resilient and effective stormwater sector. Its release during the WEFTEC 2015 conference in Chicago dovetailed the launch of the WEF Stormwater Institute, billed as a new center of excellence and innovation.

 

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