Lehigh White parent mills low-carbon white portland cement template

Sources: Cementir Group, Milan; CP staff Aalborg Portland Cement A/S, a European sister operation of Florida-based Lehigh White Cement Co., has launched D-Carb, presenting it as the first white cement to match a lower carbon footprint with high early age performance characteristics. D-Carb processing with Aalbort White clinker, a premium limestone, and fit-for-purpose grinding aid equates to a 15 percent…

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Carbon Leadership Forum: From college-hosted organization to 501(c)3

Sources: Carbon Leadership Forum, Oakland, Calif.; CP staff One of the charter concrete life cycle assessment and carbon dioxide emissions accounting method catalysts is pursuing 501(c)3 status as it transitions to an independent, California-based organization following 14 years under the University of Washington College of Built Environments. The moves positions the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) “to double down on urgent…

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U.S. Green Building Council opens six-week LEED v5 comment period

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building program developer has launched the first public comment period for its draft rating system LEED v5, written to provide “a comprehensive framework for creating sustainable, efficient, and resilient built environments that promote environmental responsibility, economic viability, and social equity.” The U.S. Green…

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Green building rating groups energize sustainable finance  

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The U.S. Green Building Council has joined Building Research Establishment (BRE), London, and Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Sydney, in an industry-first alliance advancing the sustainable finance required for the built environment to play its role in meeting global climate goals. The three organizations aim to ensure investors, property owners,…

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Executives draw decarbonization, sustainability expertise link

A survey of 100 executives representing North American manufacturers or producers with annual revenues exceeding $250 million reveals major challenges for the construction materials sector to align (GHG Protocol-defined) Scope 1, 2, 3 emissions reduction strategies and widely subscribed decarbonization targets. Dallas-based environmental services provider Trinity Consultants retained Verdantix, an independent research firm with New York and London offices, to…

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CTS Cement helps EPA-backed Hydrova prove aluminum recycling

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a $400,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program Phase II grant enabling Santa Ana, Calif.-based Hydrova Inc. to advance work on black dross—a material frequently landfilled after primary aluminum recycling—for applications including cement clinker raw feed. Themed “Complete Resource Recovery and Hydrogen Production from Secondary Aluminum Processing Waste,” the grant extends a $100,000 Phase…

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Energy storage colossus

Grid-scale solutions developer Energy Vault Holdings Inc. is nearing completion of an inordinate lattice- and cage-like structure destined to rank among top long duration energy storage systems deployed to date. Rising on a site adjacent to a wind farm in Rudong, China, the reinforced concrete behemoth bears the world’s first EVx Gravity Energy Storage System. The structure and its hoisting…

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Cemex global mixer fleet sustains CO2 emissions descent

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff The parent company of Cemex USA reports enterprise-wide deployment of 1,000-plus concrete mixer trucks running on lower carbon alternatives to conventional diesel fuel, including petro-free renewable diesel, compressed natural gas and battery electric power. Heavy-duty truck investments over the last two years have resulted in a carbon dioxide emissions reduction of…

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Advanced Tech Crete seeks patent for Binder Reducing Formula

Sources: Advanced Tech Crete LLC, Houston; CP staff Advanced Tech Crete has completed United States Patent Office filings for Binder Reducing Formula (BRF), a liquid agent whose dispersing qualities and nano-particles have the potential to reduce portland cement volumes in concrete mix designs, while streamlining admixture and binder requirements. Dubbed “The New Science of Concrete,” BRF is added to a…

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Cemex CEO González stresses regulator outreach for GCCA leadership term

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff Cemex Chief Executive Officer Fernando González has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), London. “It is a great honor,” he notes, “particularly as we enter this ‘decade to deliver,’ a period during which we must accelerate our decarbonization efforts. My number…

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