Canadian cement, allied groups document sustainability measures

Sources: Cement Association of Canada, Ottawa; CP staff

“Any meaningful attempt to tackle climate change and achieve sustainable development will require not only that all corners of the Canadian economy contribute, but that governments, industry, environmental groups and broader civil society rise above the rhetoric and strategic positioning of our respective sectors and work together,” Cement Association of Canada (CAC) President Michael McSweeney told 2012 Pollution Probe Gala guests. “The cement industry, along with our allies in concrete, are ready to be proactive partners. Concrete is literally the foundation upon which modern societies and economies are built and we believe it will be the foundation of the sustainable societies and economies of the future.”

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Forum releases Challenge 2030-, LEED v4-grade environmental standards for concrete

Source: Carbon Leadership Forum, Seattle

Against a backdrop of the 2012 Greenbuild Conference & Expo (November 14–16, San Francisco), the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) announced the first U.S. environmental footprint standards, also known as Product Category Rules (PCRs), for concrete mixes.

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Central Concrete ushers RM producers into AIA-backed 2030 Challenge

Source: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas

U.S. Concrete’s San Francisco-based operating company, Central Concrete Supply Co., has adopted the 2030 Challenge for Products, an initiative to reduce building sector greenhouse gas emissions through low-carbon solutions. The industry’s first producer among 2030 Challenge ranks, Central Concrete has already achieved a 2014 target: delivering low-CO2 concrete mixes that reduce the overall carbon footprint, on average, by more than 30 percent as compared to traditional portland cement concrete.

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Compressed natural gas: Promising power

After a three-month trial with a handful of McNeilus Next Generation Initiatives mixer trucks, our cover story subject decided 2012 would be a turning point in fleet and fuel specifications: diesel out, natural gas in. A leader in greater Chicago and northern Indiana  ready mixed, Ozinga Brothers Inc. is now a leading catalyst for the industry’s adoption of compressed nat­ural (CNG) vehicle power (pages 22-25 ).

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RMCAO links into new social media outlets

Source: Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario, Mississauga

To extend its reach and ability to better serve the industry and members, RMCAO has begun the first wave of its social media campaign. Through the Association’s involvement with LinkedIn, You Tube, Facebook and Twitter, the industry will experience enhanced capabilities for networking, education and staying informed on RMCAO activities and events.

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