Net-Zero-Carbon Concrete: What It Is and How to Make It Possible

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So, What Is Net-Zero-Carbon Concrete?

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Let’s Start by Defining the First Part of That Phrase

And Now, Let’s Get to the Concrete Part of It All

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It’s Important, But It Remains Just One Part of a Bigger Net-Zero Emissions Plan

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Over 100 Countries Are Aiming to Produce Net-Zero Emissions and for Good Reason

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However, They Haven’t Hit the Required Targets for That Yet

Net-Zero-Carbon Emissions Are Still Possible by 2050

  • Increasing our current annual investment in clean energy to nearly $4 trillion by 2030
  • Decreasing the sales of passenger cars with combustion engines and the use of coal and oil plants
  • Ensuring electricity hits net-zero emissions worldwide by 2040
  • Allowing new low-emission industries to develop further in 2045

What Does That Mean for the Concrete and Cement Industries?

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Worldwide, Industries Can Follow the Climate Initiative of the GCCA

  • Developing, supporting, and executing a 2050 roadmap for carbon-neutral concrete
  • Increasing the use of waste and by-products as alternative fuels and raw materials
  • Reusing concrete and demolished concrete more often
  • Driving more demand for sustainable products
  • Establishing metrics for determining the resilience of buildings and infrastructure

In Canada Specifically, Companies Can Support the Roadmap to Net-Zero-Carbon Concrete

  • Increasing insight into and opportunities for the use of low-carbon products
  • Encouraging acceptance of low-carbon concrete
  • Providing support material, methods, and other tools to promote green practices
  • Identifying projects that could reduce their GHG emissions for cement and concrete production
  • Bolstering environmental product declarations and other green measuring tools for products
  • Developing codes and standards that further technological advances in low-carbon structures

All of Us Have a Part We Can Play to Contribute to the Roadmap

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To Start, We Can Look for Opportunities to Support Low-Carbon Technology

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A construction worker is adding the VOC-free Hard-Cem directly into the concrete mix.

Those Aren’t the Only Steps You Can Take for Net-Zero-Carbon Concrete

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Cement Producers Are Starting to Leverage Analytics for Better Energy Efficiency

You Might Also Want to Look into Alternative Fuels for Heating Kilns

It’s Also Worthwhile to See if You Can Substitute Cement Clinker

And No Matter Where You Are in the Industry, Don’t Forget to Keep Up with the Latest Net-Zero Emission Information

We Have a Lot of Work Ahead of Us, But It Is Possible and Certainly Worth It

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