Concrete Industry Lowers Carbon Footprint by 13% in Five Years
NRMCA members have lowered their carbon footprint by 13% in five years according to a new report. Through a process called Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, NRMCA has been tracking environmental impacts of its members since 2014. NRMCA recently published the 2019 version of the LCA report which indicating NRMCA members have significantly lowered their environmental impacts.
“This represents a significant step toward meeting our carbon reduction goal,” said Lionel Lemay,
executive vice president for structures and sustainability at NRMCA. “NRMCA members established
sustainability goals to reduce environmental impact early on and are truly leading by example in this
very important industry-wide initiative.”
In 2011, Architecture 2030 announced the Challenge for Products, with a goal for the materials industry
to reduce carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. NRMCA became one of the first industry groups to adopt
the 2030 Challenge in 2012 and, following the Architecture 2030 protocol, published its benchmarks for
carbon footprint in 2014.
“The analysis is based on a survey of 155 NRMCA members representing 1,954 ready mixed concrete
plants,” explains James Bogdan, senior director, sustainability initiatives for NRMCA. “The 13% reduction
in carbon footprint is for 4,000 psi (pounds per square inch) concrete, the most frequently used
concrete in the United States. Carbon footprint reduction ranged from 8% for 2,500 psi concrete and
20% for 8,000 psi concrete.”