The PCA, the industry group representing US cement manufacturers, says it will develop a roadmap by the end of 2021 to facilitate its member companies achieving carbon neutrality across the concrete value chain by 2050.
The association says that industries, environmental groups and local governments across the US are increasingly working to mitigate the effects of climate change and create a more sustainable future. It adds that its new roadmap will position the cement and concrete industry as the leader in the construction sector in delivering cleaner and greener infrastructure across the country.
“As the second most used material on earth and a cornerstone of our economy, we understand the critical role cement and concrete play in our nation’s future, and we are committed to an industry-wide effort that achieves carbon neutrality,” said Tom Beck, chairman of the PCA and president of Continental Cement. “We look forward to proactively working with stakeholders across the built environment, policymakers and environmental groups toward this ambitious target.”
The PCA says its roadmap accelerates alignment throughout the industry, and will identify how to address the challenges that stand in the way of driving down emissions to achieve carbon neutrality. These include developing advanced technologies to reduce energy consumption, and developing and adopting regulations to allow for such technologies.
“Cement and concrete have been pivotal in building resilient communities that enable people to live safe, productive and healthy lives via structures that withstand natural and man-made disasters,” said Mike Ireland, president and CEO of the PCA. “Our members are committed to delivering products that meet those needs as well as drive down emissions and achieve the industry’s environmental goals.”
The PCA says that, since 1990, the industry has reduced energy consumption by 35%, emissions intensity by 11% and company-led improvements have led to the increased use of alternative fuels, such as industrial byproducts that otherwise would end up in landfills.