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Sources: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva; CP staff

A new report from WBCSD’s Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) focuses on technology availability and the need to scale up research and development that can help the cement industry mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. In light of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement’s entry into force, CSI effected an in-depth review of its original papers from 2009, when the sector issued the first ever low-carbon technology roadmap in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York

Commercial construction is in high demand across the country and contractors are confident in the industry trajectory, according to the quarterly USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, which premiered this week and is based on Dodge Data & Analytics research.

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

With an eye to reducing regulatory burdens on workforce development, one of President Donald Trump’s latest Executive Orders calls on the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with Department of Education and Commerce counterparts, to propose regulations promoting development of apprenticeship programs by industry, trade or nonprofit groups, unions and joint labor-management organizations. It also directs the Commerce and Labor departments to promote apprenticeships to business leaders in manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates has named Vulcan Materials Corporate Manager of Technical Services Robin Graves this year’s Award of Merit recipient and companion title of fellow. The committee’s top award recognizes leadership in C09 activities, plus contributions to improving standards for aggregate materials and concrete durability, along with those supporting sustainability initiatives.

Sources: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; CP staff

Caterpillar has appointed two new division vice presidents—Damien Giraud, Global Construction & Infrastructure and Chris Snodgrass, Product Support & Logistics—in conjunction with major organizational changes.