Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association producers have lowered their carbon footprint by 21 percent in seven years, according to a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) report and Industry Wide Environmental Product Declaration (IW EPD) published earlier this month. NRMCA has tracked environmental impacts—carbon dioxide emissions, energy and water use, and waste associated with members’ production activities— since releasing an inaugural LCA in 2014.
The new LCA and IW EPD inform producer strategies tied to NRMCA’s recent endorsement of the Portland Cement Association Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality. “Members are well on their way to carbon neutrality [by 2050] through innovative product formulations, improved production practices and embracing new industry technologies,” says NRMCA President Mike Philipps.
“Adopting portland-limestone cement and other blended cements means we can continue to build energy-efficient and disaster-resilient structures with concrete, but with a lower carbon footprint,” adds Executive Vice President of Structures and Sustainability Lionel Lemay. “We collaborate with developers, owners, engineers, architects and contractors through our Build With Strength initiative to improve building performance at lower cost and environmental impact.”