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House Committee Amends Key Climate Legislation to Include Concrete

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Last week, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee amended key climate research legislation to include concrete in the list of research focus areas. In December, the NRMCA Government Affairs and NRMCA’s Lionel Lemay lobbied the committee for this change. The legislation, entitled the Clean Industrial Technologies Act, will provide hundreds of millions in federal funding for research in several focus areas such as industrial production processes, including cement and alternative materials that produce fewer emissions during production, carbon capture technologies, use of alternative fuels, and opportunities for modeling and simulation to optimize the design of energy efficient and sustainable products.

The committee staff has also consulted with NRMCA’s Colin Lobo and Karthik Obla on the opportunities for the adoption of performance-based specifications to contribute to lowering emissions. The committee is interested in including provision that encourages performance-based specifications in its legislation.

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