PCA tallies Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality year one takeaways

Portland Cement Association members marked the first year of their Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 by highlighting key deliverables for public and private construction market stakeholders. Released in October 2021, the Roadmap outlines strategies in a value chain—Clinker, Cement, Concrete, Construction, Carbonation—through which cement producers and their downstream partners can attain carbon neutrality in finished structures or slabs over…

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CalPortland states case for carbonation line item in GHG accounting

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.

In a recent paper summarizing peer-reviewed scientific studies, the staff of key West Coast cement, aggregate and ready mixed producer CalPortland cites the exclusion of a critical factor in global, national, and regional greenhouse gas accounting methods: Concrete buildings, pavements and structures’ silent absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—to such an apparent degree that the built environment represents one of the world’s largest carbon storehouses. While considerable attention has been paid to quantifying the industrial phase emissions from cement production, authors observe, the natural reversal process of CO2 uptake during concrete’s complete material service life is just beginning to receive the consideration it deserves.

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