Cement leaders document Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality progress

Sources: Global Cement and Concrete Association, London; Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Portland Cement Association Chairman Ron Henley (GCC America) told a New York Climate Week gathering that U.S. producers have exceeded expectations outlined nearly one year ago with release of the PCA Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality. The document offered specific carbon dioxide emissions reduction opportunities along a…

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Liebherr LCA study: Technology neutrality best emissions reduction course

In order to achieve the international objectives surrounding projected global warming trends through 2100, climate change observers contend, economies worldwide must reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions significantly in all sectors. Recognizing how emissions discipline applies to the construction industry, Germany’s Liebherr Group is working on new, efficient drive concepts for its concrete delivery and earthmoving equipment. The manufacturer enlisted…

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CarbonCure carbon credit purchase agreement: $30 million over 10 years

Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies has signed a pioneering carbon credit purchase agreement underpinned by the company’s process of mineralizing and storing carbon dioxide in ready mixed or manufactured concrete. Valued at $30 million over a 10-year window, it entails majority and minority funding partners, Invert Inc. of Calgary and Ripple Inc. of Ottawa, providing up front capital in exchange for…

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Contract-laden GSA calls for concrete, asphalt EPD submittals

A new U.S. General Services Administration standard targeting low embodied concrete on federal projects will require contractors to provide environmental product declarations (EPD), where available, from ready mixed suppliers. It compels procurement of concrete exhibiting production stage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at levels 20 percent below national averages for compressive strength classes. EPDs express the GHG metric as global warming…

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EPA GHG emissions inventory tool hits cement plants close to home

The EPA has released 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) data collected under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP). Reported carbon dioxide and methane emissions from large industrial sources were approximately 9 percent lower than in 2019, reflecting both the economic slowdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and ongoing, long-term industry trends. GHGRP adds a new demographic mapping layer to EPA’s Facility…

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Cement elite endorse Climate Convention carbon-reporting codification

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Members of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) under the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) concur with formal adoption of the United Nations-crafted Paris Agreement, under which signatory countries pursue long-term greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures. A threshold crossed earlier this fall—where more than 50 percent of signatories took official action toward commitments affirmed at the December 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris—triggered last month’s commencement of GHG management protocols.

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Cement production a blip on EPA greenhouse gas emissions radar

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U.S. portland cement production accounts for just under 2.3 percent of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions in the Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program 2015 data, which was released last month. Modern kilns increasingly running on natural gas and other coal alternatives, coupled with limited offsetting import factors, appear to position the domestic cement industry favorably in a business often tagged as the source of about 5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions.

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Cement multinationals endorse Climate Convention carbon-reporting codification

Sources: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva; CP staff

WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) members concur with formal adoption of the United Nations-crafted Paris Agreement, under which signatory countries pursue long-term greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures. A threshold crossed last month—where more than 50 percent of signatories took official action toward commitments affirmed at the December 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris—triggered a November 5 commencement of GHG management protocols.

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BIG CITY MAYORS EMBRACE ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

City Energy Project (CEP), a Natural Resources Defense Council and Institute for Market Transformation initiative

Recognizing resources consumed over buildings’ operating life cycles, mayors from 10 major U.S. cities will undertake an effort to significantly boost energy efficiency in new and existing facilities. Supporters contend such measures could cut as much climate change pollution as generated by 1 million to 1.5 million passenger vehicles every year, and lower annual energy costs by nearly $1 billion.

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