Sources: Cembureau, Brussels; CP staff
A five-route roadmap details how European Cement Association members and customers can reduce their industry’s carbon dioxide emissions from a 1990 level of 170 million metric tons to 34 million metric tons by 2050. Routes under cement sector control are Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, plus Carbon Sequestration and Reuse; two others, Product Efficiency and Downstream, target low-carbon concretes, smart buildings and infrastructure, concrete recycling and sustainable construction.
Sources: U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Through its Green Proving Ground program, GSA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) inviting industry, commercial interests, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations to outline technologies that have the potential to improve federal buildings’ economic and environmental performance—especially through lower energy, water and operational costs.
Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff
OSHA has proposed a rule requiring establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit work-related illness and injury records on a quarterly basis. A companion provision covering certain industries with high injury and illness rates calls for companies employing 20 or more to electronically submit work-related incident summaries annually.
Sources: Schwing America, White Bear Lake, Minn.; Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee
Friedrich W. Schwing, Sr. (1909–1992), who founded a company synonymous with concrete placement and secured more than 1,200 patents relating to material handling and construction equipment innovation, is one of three 2013 AEM Hall of Fame inductees.
Source: Freedonia Group, Cleveland
U.S. demand for landscaping products is projected to grow 6.9 percent per year through 2017 to $6.5 billion, reflecting a rebound in sales following the 2007–2009 recession and subsequent slow recovery—new housing start activity, climbing from low 2012 base levels, representing the primary growth driver.