PCA welcomes US plans on climate change

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has welcomed the Biden Administration’s plan to re-engage with its international trading partners in the Paris Agreement.
Concrete Plants, Equipment & Applications / January 25, 2021
By Ben Spencer
PCA says government support is needed to accelerate the deployment of technologies for industrial decarbonisation (© Delstudio | Dreamstime.com)
PCA says government support is needed to accelerate the deployment of technologies for industrial decarbonisation (© Delstudio | Dreamstime.com)

PCA CEO  Michael Ireland says: “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The cement and concrete industry have an important role to play in decarbonising the manufacturing sector while providing the building materials necessary for a safe, resilient, and sustainable economy.”

PCA and its member companies recently announced an ambition to reach carbon neutrality across the cement and concrete value chain by 2050 and are currently developing a roadmap to achieve the necessary reductions. 

Rick Bohan, PCA vice president of sustainability, says: “The PCA roadmap will build on the industry’s long-history of continuous improvement in energy efficiency and product performance. Reaching net zero emissions will require cooperation from manufacturers, suppliers, technology developers, policy makers, and the building community.”

Sean O’Neill, PCA senior vice president of government affairs, says: “Federal policymakers will have a particularly important role to play. Some of the technologies needed to tackle industrial decarbonisation are still in the research and development phase. Governmental support is needed to accelerate both development and deployment. We also need to make sure that federal policies support industrial decarbonisation without undermining the competitiveness of US manufacturers.” 

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