Portland-limestone cement uptake: 44 states and counting

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Recent portland-limestone cement (PLC) approvals by the Arizona and Maryland Departments of Transportation, plus the Vermont Agency of Transportation, bring to 44 the total of state authorities recognizing the material in specifications for concrete pavement, bridge and other structures. The approvals will accelerate a Portland Cement Association-tracked PLC consumption trajectory eclipsing 6…

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Titan America loads N.J. terminal with portland-limestone blend

Titan America has begun offering Type IL portland-limestone cement from its Essex Cement storage and distribution facility at the Port of Newark, becoming New Jersey’s charter source of the blended binder. Metro New York-New Jersey customer adoption of lower carbon alternatives to ordinary portland cement (clinker only) stands to drive the terminal’s full transition to PLC by the end of…

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IW EPD GWP: Ready mixed producers shrink carbon footprint by one-fifth

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association producer members have lowered their carbon footprint by 21 percent in seven years, according to a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) report and Industry Wide Environmental Product Declaration (IW EPD). NRMCA has tracked environmental impacts—carbon dioxide emissions, energy and water use, and waste associated with ready mixed concrete production activities—since releasing an inaugural LCA in…

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NRMCA Committees, Divisions honor annual award recipients

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association recognized 12 industry veterans at an awards luncheon during its annual convention, staged in San Antonio last month concurrent with Portland Cement Association spring meeting activities. Those honored, by AWARD: WILLIAM B. ALLENThe Workforce Development Committee’s Financial Performance Improvement Group announced a posthumous honor for Tom Baird IV, who passed away in October 2020.…

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PCA informs federal government of industry decarbonization realities

Federal policy is vital to accelerate deployment of technologies that can curtail industrial sector carbon dioxide emissions, Portland Cement Association asserts in response to the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office’s (AMO) “Request for Information on Industrial Decarbonization Priorities.”  Absent strong support from Washington, D.C., an AMO timeline to reach carbon neutrality across industry is unrealistic due to technical,…

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Buzzi, Alamo sequence eight-mill migration to portland-limestone cement

Sources: Buzzi Unicem USA, Bethlehem, Pa.; CP staff Consistent with corporate environmental management and Portland Cement Association Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality goals, Buzzi Unicem USA and Alamo Cement Co. CEO Massimo Toso has announced a transition from ASTM C150 Types I and II portland cement production to C595 Type IL, or portland-limestone cement. “The conversion begins with our plants in…

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ORGANIZATIONS – March 2022

Timothy Cullen has joined the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute as director of Technical Activities, tasked with developing and disseminating the PCI Body of Knowledge necessary for designing, fabricating, and constructing precast concrete structures. Before joining PCI, he was vice president of Blue Ridge Design, a structural engineering consulting firm in Winchester, Va., and was previously a design engineer with High Concrete…

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Organizations – January 2022

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute has announced new show management for Hardscape North America 2022. Yoffe Exposition Services will work with the ICPI team to produce the annual tradeshow, which is set for October 19-21 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, and co-located with GIE+EXPO.  According to ICPI Executive Director Charles McGrath, Yoffe Expo is a natural fit for…

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Cement companies formally adopt carbon neutrality roadmap

The Portland Cement Association bills its Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality as an ambitious journey to low carbon dioxide emissions across the cement and concrete value chain by 2050. The document demonstrates how the U.S. cement and concrete industry, along with downstream parties, can lower CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate barriers that are restricting environmental progress.  “PCA is…

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Concrete Product Category Rule 2.1 factors new cement data

In collaboration with the Product Category Rule (PCR) Committee, Michigan auditor NSF International has revised the Concrete PCR to include new life cycle inventory data sources. The revisions inform individual plant or producer, or industry average, environmental product declarations (EPD) for ready mixed and manufactured concrete. Portland Cement Association recently published new industry average EPDs for Portand Cement and Portland-Limestone…

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